Ronald Bailey On the Awesome Potential of Genetic Engineering


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Wouldn't it be great if scientists could genetically engineer mosquitoes to be immune to the malaria parasite, thus protecting people from that disease? How about restoring the effectiveness of a pesticide by eliminating resistance genes in weeds and insect pests? Or altering genomes to eradicate a pesky invasive species?

These are exactly the sorts of things that a new biotechnological tool could do, writes Ron Bailey, and that's got some people worried.