Public Briefing: Gene Drives on the HorizonBoard on Life Sciences
June 8, 2016
National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW Washington DC 20418
The advent of new gene editing tools such as CRISPR/Cas9 has enabled scientists to take advantage of naturally occurring selfish genetic elements to drive new traits into an organism. These gene drives--defined as systems of biased inheritance--have the potential to alter wild populations of organisms for beneficial purposes, such as disabling mosquitoes from carrying malaria and other devastating viruses. This report provides an independent, objective assessment of the state of knowledge and responsible practices for research, risk assessment, public engagement, and the development of public policies on gene drive technologies. Co-chairs Jim Collins of Arizona State University and Elizabeth Heitman of Vanderbilt University will explain the report's findings. They will be joined in a Q&A by committee members Lisa Taneyhill of the University of Maryland and Jason Delborne of North Carolina State University.