Drive Away the Flies

Researchers have developed a gene drive to control a fly population that wreaks havoc on fruit crops.

A team of University of California, San Diego, researchers developed a two-part gene drive system — which it dubbed Medea — that relies on a maternal miRNA "toxin" and a zygotic "antidote" for the spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii. In that way, it affects inheritance frequencies to persist in the population.

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