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Current Event August 16, 2016

Genetic Engineering is Controversial but May Stop Zika


Scientists have come up with a new technique to modify the genes of plants, insects and animals. This “gene drive” technique may be able to stop the spread of diseases that insects carry, such as Malaria and Zika, but also has some dangers. For example, releasing genetically modified species could lead to an unbalanced ecosystem, destroy other species, or spread other diseases. Listen to the story to hear more about why this technique is controversial.

Life Science Genetics

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AIR DATE: 06/08/2016


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