Rats Included In Pest Control Technology Called Gene Drive

Researcher based in Scotland recently announced that they have already created two ways to stop the fertility of female species of mice and rats. The same technique has been developed earlier in order to stop the spread of mosquitoes infected with malaria. This is good news for pest control in Sydney because they are currently having problems with the increase of rat population in the city.

The gene drive technology employs engineered genes that have been taken from different generations in order to disrupt the biological processes that these species usually goes through. The result is that the offspring have two copies of genes in them. In a normal setting, the animals get a single copy of genes from their father and another one from their mother.

This new technology has proven to be effective and powerful. Needless to say, it carries controversies because once the organisms have been genetically engineered the ecosystem might suffer from the resulting impact which cannot be undone.

Many are concerned about the rapid increase in the number of mutant species whichis why some are recommending that the gene drive should be banned. Bruce Law of the Roslin Institute in the University of Edinburgh believes otherwise and thinks that the decision is a short sighted one.

He said that if the gene drive is to be prohibited, they will not be able to conduct research which is necessary in order for them to get a deeper understanding of how the technology can be used in the society and if it is possible to utilize it.

He added that if there is enough understanding then they will be able to determine what the technology can do and utilize it in a controlled manner. The decisions should be determined by the facts gathered and not because of the people’s fear.

If successful, this will be beneficial to pest control in Sydney because the unwanted species will be killed in the most humane way possible. They no longer have to use harmful poison or traps which can harm other innocent species.

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