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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York University researchers find genomic evidence of inbreeding in the yellow-banded bumblebee, according to Reuters.

In its survey of US adults, the Pew Research Center finds that views on the genetic engineering of animals depend on why it's done.

The Scientist reports agricultural researchers are working on a gene-stacking tool.

In Nature this week: statistical method for overcoming case-control imbalance issues, and more.