CRISPR-Accelerated Gene Drives Pump the Brakes

JULIANNA LEMIEUX | July 1, 2019

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When a mosquito bite threatens to transmit infection, induce disease, or even contribute to early death, as it often does in malaria-endemic areas of the world, prevention efforts are a critical public health measure. In the last decade, prevention efforts have incorporated innovations such as better insecticides and longer-lasting bed nets, helping prevent hundreds of millions of cases of malaria and saving millions of lives. Although mortality rates have fallen, more than 200 million new malaria cases and almost half a million malaria deaths (mostly in children under 5 years old) still occur each year. Such statistics testify to the limitations in current mosquito prevention methods, as do the illnesses and deaths caused by other mosquito-borne infectious diseases, which include Zika, dengue, yellow fever, and chikungunya.

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