The US Senate will discuss the nomination of Dr. Scott Gottlieb to the Food and Drug Administration but Democrats believe he is not fit for the job as he is deemed too close to the pharmaceutical industry.
The BioScience Talks podcast features discussions of topical issues related to the biological sciences. By altering the heritability of certain traits, gene drive technologies have the potential to spread desired genes through wild populations. In practice, this could lead to mosquito populations that, for example, bear traits making them resistant to the spread of malaria. Despite the huge potential for improving human well-being, concern exists that gene drives could fail in the wild or, perhaps more concerning, spread beyond their intended target populations.