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Safely releasing genetically modified genes into the wild


August 1, 2017

So,you've genetically engineered a malaria-resistant mosquito, now what? How many mosquitos would you need to replace the disease-carrying wild type? What is the most effective distribution pattern? How could you stop a premature release of the engineered mosquitoes? Applied mathematicians and physicists at Harvard and Princeton universities used mathematical modeling to guide the design and distribution of genetically modified genes that can  effectively replace wild mosquitoes. Full Story

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Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

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