Ronald Bailey On the Awesome Potential of Genetic Engineering
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.