homing endonuclease

Multiplexing gRNAs to Hedge Against Resistance to Gene Drive

Recently, Oberhofer et al (2018) published a paper examining the mechanisms of homing endonuclease gene drives in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They used a novel nuclease-encoding cassette containing four multiplexed gRNAs targeting genes required for viability […]

Gene Drives and the Potential Benefits of CRISPR Technology

Marshall and Akbari review a range of different proposed gene drive systems and discuss ways in which CRISPR may be useful in engineering them in a recent issue of ACS Chemical Biology. In the years since translocations were first suggested […]

Cas9 Gene Drive & Classical Biological Control

Webber et al have published an Opinion essay in PNAS concerning the growing interest in using engineered endonucleases (Cas9 in particular) to create gene drive systems to combat invasive species. Homing endonucleases are well known and well studied site-specific endonucleases […]

CRISPR with Independent Transgenes or Mutagenic Chain Reaction for Creating Homozygotes in Lab?

In fall of 2014, two publications came from George Church’s group (Esvelt et al., 2014; Oye et al., 2014) postulating on the potential for the CRISPR/Cas9 system to be used as an autonomous gene drive for various pest management goals. […]

CRISPR-Cas9 mediated “Mutagenic Chain Reaction”

A recent paper in Science by Gantz and Bier (2015) investigated the potential of utilizing the CRISPR-Cas9 system as, essentially, a programmable homing endonuclease to generate homozygous loss-of-function (LOF) mutants. Advances in genome editing have allowed for the directed generation of […]

The Road Ahead for Using Gene Drive Systems

Emerging technologies have employed chemical, ecological and genetic strategies for effective and economical pest management. The various strategies around the transgenic augmentation of pests has shown great promise in being able to combat vector borne diseases and eradicate agricultural pests […]

Controlling Malaria Mosquitoes With Genetics

A chemical-free eradication method for the human malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae, that is self-sustaining and requires no additional inputs beyond ‘pushing the button’ to get it started, sounds fantastic. For geneticists it has not been terribly difficult to think of […]