Aedes_aegypti_CDC-Gathany Zika disease

Aedes aegypti mosquito, the culprit behind the spread of Zika / James Gathany – PHIL, CDC

An area of gene editing receiving a lot of attention and debate is the fight against vector-borne disease. What if diseases spread by mosquitoes – malaria, dengue fever, Zika virus – could be stopped before the need to develop drugs to treat them? And what if mosquito genes could be engineered to destroy those conditions themselves? 

In this episode of Signal podcast, Meg Tirrell and Luke Timmerman explore Mendelian genetics, CRISPR, and gene drive. How will these technologies shape the vector-borne disease landscape of the future?