CRISPR-Based Gene Drives for Pest Control

Gus R. McFarlane, C. Bruce A. Whitelaw*, Simon G. Lillico

*Corresponding author for this work

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Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-based gene drives (GDs) could be used to spread desirable genetic elements through wild populations. With the imminent development of this technology in vertebrates, we believe that it is timely to highlight two forms of sex-ratio distorting GDs that show potential as pest management tools.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-133
JournalTrends in biotechnology
Issue number2
Early online date23 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018


  • Gene drive
  • Genetic engineering
  • Pest control

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