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We Have the Technology to Destroy All Zika Mosquitoes

Written by: Antonio Regalado
Narrated by: Elizabeth Wells
Length: 6 mins
Categories: Science & Math, Technology

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A controversial genetic technology able to wipe out the mosquito carrying the Zika virus will be available within months, scientists say. The technology, called a “gene drive,” was demonstrated only last year in yeast cells, fruit flies, and a species of mosquito that transmits malaria. It uses the gene-snipping technology CRISPR to force a genetic change to spread through a population as it reproduces.

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