Should humans change wild animals with the help of a technique?
Humans have been modifying animals for a very long time.
This is how new animal species have been created.
For example: different breeds of dogs.
Wild animals are different.
Humans have not changed wild animals until now.
With a new technique, humans can change wild animals.
The technique is called gene drives.
For example: mosquitoes
Some mosquitoes carry diseases.
A new technique can prevent mosquitoes from reproducing.
Then these mosquitoes will eventually no longer exist.
And the mosquitoes can no longer transmit diseases.
But: There are other animals that eat mosquitoes.
These animals then have no more food.
We want to find out:
- Should this new technology be used?
- Can we do something good with it?
- Or will something bad happen as a consequence??
In standard language, the project is called: Gene drives - technologies for propagating genetic modifications throughout populations