The bold plan to end malaria with a gene drive

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  • Published on:  Thursday, May 31, 2018
  • How genetically engineered mosquitoes might defeat a disease that kills millions of children.

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    The invention of the CRISPR gene editing tool has injected new life into a line of research called gene drive. Gene drives use selfish genetic elements to spread a modification through a wild population.

    Researchers have proposed using gene drives against agricultural pests and invasive species, but the most urgent application is against vector-borne diseases like malaria, which kills hundreds of thousands of people every year, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa.

    We talked to the scientists working on this revolutionary approach to disease eradication to find out how it works and how long it might take to deploy a technology like a gene drive against malaria. is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out

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  • Vox
    Vox  3 months ago +124

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    - joss

    • Will Templeton
      Will Templeton  1 months ago

      RealName I searched the Gates Foundation grantees and did not find Vox among them. Care to share the source of your knowledge?

    • ThisIsMyRealName
      ThisIsMyRealName  1 months ago

      NOTE the Gates Foundation funds Vox for about $1,000,000/year. While I love most Vox videos, anything about Bill Gates or his interests (e.g. his personality, charter schools, his mosquito and agriculture bioengineering experimentation in Africa, etc) lacks Vox's (otherwise decent) journalistic integrity (though it's definitely still less corrupt than MSNBC / CNN / FOX).

    • How to Destroy A Fleet
      How to Destroy A Fleet  3 months ago

      Vox can they make the bites not itch when I get bit?.

    • pimeto
      pimeto  3 months ago

      Joss, merry me!

  • LM
    LM  11 days ago

    I’d guess that most of the people against this don’t have loved ones at risk of dying from malaria.

  • The Starving Artist

    Messing with nature eh? Whats the difference between human contraception or vaccines VS what they're trying to do to mosquitos? hmmmm

  • Asfrcin. a
    Asfrcin. a  1 months ago

    catholic mosquitoes

  • Aldo Prayoga
    Aldo Prayoga  1 months ago

    When you're tired of mosquitos so you attempted to eradicate all mosquitos

  • Raditya Nugraha
    Raditya Nugraha  1 months ago

    i really love their editing stlye

  • Jake W
    Jake W  1 months ago

    So you're telling me GMOs are a good thing?

  • Evan Hung
    Evan Hung  1 months ago

    I just love this channel, videos are well made and the presenter is beautiful.

  • Kok Soon Teh
    Kok Soon Teh  1 months ago

    T virus incoming...

  • Ugly Cactus
    Ugly Cactus  1 months ago

    it's somehow funny that we - destroyers of thousands species, can't get rid off a bug

  • Victor Pidkowich
    Victor Pidkowich  1 months ago

    Has anyone even tried to ask Paul Stamets how he discovered how to save bee colonies from collapsing from the parasites they have and how that may translate into getting to the ROOT of the issue, the parasite, and not the mosquito itself? The real obstacle here isn’t how to genetically engineer, but the incarcerating beliefs that’s it’s the only option. Geometric results and therefore quantum leaps to life saving solutions are openly readily available.

  • Rafaella Vargas
    Rafaella Vargas  1 months ago


  • Vishwaesh U
    Vishwaesh U  2 months ago

    Far left from Europe and America against eradicating a deadly disease which affects mostly Africans. Oh the irony.

  • Kenshin Ushiroda
    Kenshin Ushiroda  2 months ago

    Joss's reports are a cut above the rest.

  • Rex Longfellow
    Rex Longfellow  2 months ago

    Friends of the Earth wants to save mosquitoes wtf

  • diulikadikaday
    diulikadikaday  2 months ago

    I'm honestly getting a little teary-eyed watching this. It would be amazing to see millions of people saved. I have a 3 year old kid and I just started thinking how lucky he is to not have to suffer from Malaria.

  • Yesenia Herdez
    Yesenia Herdez  2 months ago

    Please employ this against all mosquitoes asap

  • John von Shepard
    John von Shepard  2 months ago

    3:27 feminist will BE MAD :)

  • Mallory Brangan
    Mallory Brangan  2 months ago

    1,337th comment ya'll.

  • Bryan 396 and My Key NanoTech Discoveries

    Ya...who cares if someone alters all our DNA and mutates cool ... when almost anyone can do it.
    And they already are. Time to wake up and see for yourself.
    google nano docs