Bill Gates Doubles His Bet on Wiping Out Mosquitoes with Gene Editing. The new money will help the Target Malaria research group to explore new research as well as to start mapping out next steps for biosafety, bioethics, community engagement, and regulatory guidance. The Gates Foundation views the technology as a “long shot” that won’t necessarily work but, if it does, could effectively end malaria.
Will this technology only save humans? The jury is still out but the birds of Hawaii are hoping they can benefit from gene editing technology as well. This article speaks to the role of gene editing in controlling invasive species and thus restoring natural wildlife populations.