The bold plan to end malaria with a gene drive

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  • Published on:  Thursday, May 31, 2018
  • How genetically engineered mosquitoes might defeat a disease that kills millions of children.Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjOThe invention of the CRISPR gene editing tool has injected new life into a line of research called gene drive. Gene drives use selfish genetic elements to spread a modification through a wild population.Researchers have proposed using gene drives against agricultural pests and invasive species, but the most urgent application is against vector-borne diseases like malaria, which kills hundreds of thousands of people every year, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa.We talked to the scientists working on this revolutionary approach to disease eradication to find out how it works and how long it might take to deploy a technology like a gene drive against malaria. Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com.Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEFollow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06oOr Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
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  • Vox

     1 years ago

    To learn more, read Dylan's article here: http://bit.ly/2J78xwE. And check out our Netflix show! Explained: http://bit.ly/2sjJv6K- joss

  • tobi foong

     3 months ago

    Short sighted solution. Gene Drive is very very dangerous. It stops evolution. It will be the end of all life in the world.

  • Will Templeton

     11 months ago

    RealName I searched the Gates Foundation grantees and did not find Vox among them. Care to share the source of your knowledge?

  • Curiosity Culture

     1 years ago

    Vox videos always has a way to explain something in such a beautiful way.

  • Ryuu sei

     10 days ago

    Exactly my friend. I always thought listening to science things is boring. Until i watched their videos.

  • KamiltheCamel

     1 years ago

    C leaf because talking about curing Malaria ia radical leftist. If it is, then sign me up to be a radical leftist since apparently they are the people who want to save lives.

  • Filius Dei

     1 years ago

    This is great news because as a person born in the Democratic republic of Congo, I'm one of the malaria survivors so the sooner CRISPR is brought around (& REGULATED) to remove malaria, the happier and more prosperous the future of Africa will start to become.

  • Darius Beaumont

     1 months ago

    Do you realise that at the moment the planet is over populated? Where is the space, food for the doubling of population that would occur if you remove malaria? People like you are not intelligent, and being dishonest about the longterm conseuquences. Africa is already overpopulated thats why we see people starving all the time. There isnt space for that many people in the first place. And what about deforestation and animals becoming extinct because of too many humans? Very idiotic comment and its...

  • Tellthetruth

     8 months ago

    @Filius Dei Those British scientists will never succeed in wiping out the threat of malaria in Africa. Malaria is a natural barrier to protect the continent from certain types of people. One day Africa will be inhabited exclusively by Africans and nature not weapons will accomplish it.

  • Salokin

     1 years ago

    Malaria has wiped out millions and ended whole empires, ending this disease would be incredible!

  • Darius Beaumont

     1 months ago

    You are an idiot. Ending an empire? Look we are going to end planet earth and cause extinction of all animal species on this planet if you try and over populate this planet. Youre just thinking about doing good in one small area not realising the harm you will cause for everyone in 100 years time.

  • TRIPLE AAA

     8 months ago

    Jon AB would do Africa good to have more livestock lol, pretty sure that a lot of the areas in the country do suffer from famine and starvation...

  • I am Doing kaka ne brekat

     1 years ago

    We're firstly making bacteria able to produce insulin, and now mosquitoes that are able to fight malaria, CRISPR is really going to change the world

  • Milo Carter

     2 months ago

    True we are moving in the right direction

  • Randriax

     9 months ago

    CRISPR Cas9 more specifically, was discrovered by Emmanuelle Charpentier a French microbiologist.

  • steffeeH

     1 years ago

    I don't get it with all these anti GMO people. It's no diabolic conspiracy. Genetic modification has been around from the very first time mankind started cultivating crops by selective breeding, using the best they got at the time. GMO is just a new artificial and much more efficient method of altering genes. It's a new modern version of a very old tool. Sure it can be harmful if misused - just like any other tool out there. I can use a hammer to construct a house, or I can kill someone with it. Eith...

  • Chribit

     1 years ago

    "without permanently altering nature"The problem being? Humans are just as much part of nature like anything else, we shouldn't forget that. Nature isn't something that needs to remain the way it is. We're now entering a time in which we can take evolution in our own hands, shape reality in a more beneficial way for everyone. Up until now, evolution has worked with mistakes, random mutations that got singled out by natural selection. Not every such mistake brought up by nature is beneficial ...

  • Darius Beaumont

     1 months ago

    we live on planet earth.. What evidence is there that human beings are intelligent, do good and are thinking long term? You are just assuming everything else is the problem when in truth human over-population is the biggest problem we face. Humans are also the biggest cause of environmental problems and animal extinction. Funnily enough 'science' is the reason for most of the pollution problems, famine, water shortages and over-population we already suffer from.

  • OWO ItsADeadMeme

     1 years ago

    Suedocode there is a very big reason that it can't: intellligent design isn't nature. Nature made things the way they were when people evolved, intelligent design is what is destroying the environment as of now. Nature created life and people, intelligent design (unless changed) will desroy life and be the destruction of the human race. Don't tamper with nature.

  • Aspect Science

     1 years ago

    *The real question is who do you call when mosquitoes attack...*The SWAT team!

  • Aspect Science

     1 years ago

    Chronically Curious, wow, thanks for sharing that story. I'm really sorry you and your family and friends have had to go through such a hard situation. I know the feeling of a close person leaving the world too soon because of that awful disease. I'm really glad our little YouTube comment had such a positive impact.For that, we'll keep on making dumb jokes in smart videos, because hey, you never know who it might help?Thanks again Chronically Curious, here's to wishing you, your friends and family ...

  • Chronically Curious

     1 years ago

    Thanks for this, lol! I'm having a rough day, and my dad just had to visit a friend who's about to die from cancer who had their pain control shut off, so it's been pretty rough. I told him the joke and got him to laugh before he headed off to bed. So, truly, thank you for that. You never know who you might help with a well placed joke. 😊

  • iBlueDust

     1 years ago

    I like the malaria resistance choice better than killing the mosquito population as that will affect the ecosystem significantly.

  • Der Stoff aus dem Joghurt gemacht ist

     1 years ago

    big point

  • Hugh Miller

     1 years ago

    Actrually there are many ecosystem that depend on mosquito. There are long list of plants that depend on mosquito to pollunate, and even some plant depend on mosquito to help digest food for them. As for scientist, we are talking about genetics and pathologist, not ecologist. Any ecologist will tell you that ecosystem can be quite complicated. Also since there is a way to make mosquito immune to malaria, it better and safe to take that rount then one that can cause major problem from removing a specie...

  • Rea Kariz

     1 years ago

    OMG, how cool is this video and how amazing is science! Really hope something can be done to get rid of malaria in the shortest time possible!

  • Darius Beaumont

     1 months ago

    Is everyone in this comment section 10 years old? Have you been to africa or read up on the real problems? Humans are the biggest threat. too many humans means lack of food, water, deforestation, animal extinction etc etc. Malaria was doing a great job of regulating the population where it could have gone out of control and what kind of mess we would be then if right now people are already starving. Youre all stupid amerians who think youre amazing but dont stay around to see the consequences of your a...

  • WANG DANG DOODLE

     1 years ago

    Quick Fix agreed