July 12, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

CRISPR mosquitoes

7 min read

Today’s post is a review of Unnatural Selection, the new Netflix science docuseries focused on CRISPR and other disruptive genetic and reproductive technologies. The show is an interesting mix of personalities and stories from patients, scientists, biohackers, and more. One patient thread is the story of a wonderful little boy named Jackson Kennedy. He wants to be an astronaut. He also happens to have the random misfortune of two mutant copies of a gene that together are causing him to lose his vision. Unnatural …Read More

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What’s more worrisome, potential disease-carrying mosquitoes or releasing self-perpetuating CRISPR gene drive out into the wide world to combat them? We know how the mosquitoes would answer that question, right? And they are fighting back, in a sense, at least in the context of experiments. Mosquitoes were able to develop resistance to gene drive intended to harm their population in intriguing even if disappointing recent studies as reported in an excellent piece by Ewen Callaway over at Nature. This area of study has big health implications. …Read More