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Revolutionary Gene Edits, Knotty Thrills, and Amazonian Engineers: NOVA Next Week in Review

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By combining two techniques—CRISPR and gene drives—scientists are proposing a system that could change nearly any sexually reproducing species anywhere. NOVA Next editor Tim De Chant and NOVA’s 2014 AAAS Mass Media Fellow Eleanor Nelsen

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A gene drive (blue) always ends up in all offspring, even if only one parent has it. That means that, given enough generations, it will eventually spread through the entire population.

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Image Credit: Tom Ellenberger, Washington University School of Medicine/NIH, Esvelt et al 2014