In New Zealand proposed to deal with animal pests by using CRISPR

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The Technology of gene editing CRISPR finds more and more different applications. In New Zealand, for example, decided to get rid of rodents and other pests. Mouse possums, rats and other rodents cause New Zealand a huge financial loss and has long been equated with national disaster, the government regularly tries to deal with them, allocating a budget of mad money. But rodents breed faster than the money comes in the Treasury, and to different types of poisons you get used to it, once again beginning to multiply with the same force.

The Scientist Neil Gemmell from Otago University is now studying this problem and together with his team intends to save New Zealand from rodents created by the CRISPR gene self-propagating system that can be implemented in any type and modifying it appropriately, for example, to reduce the number of offspring. Over time, new species will replace the old one, and then its population will decrease to a safe level.

While the plan is only on paper, because to implement it you need to agree on many controversial issues and to ensure that such intervention would not have critical consequences in the future.

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