Press Archives2021-03-16T12:43:12-08:00

In the spirit of our investigation and commitments to transparency and public engagement, we strive to archive any relevant articles that are published by reputable journalists and media outlets, regardless of their editorial views. As such, you will find a diversity of viewpoints represented in the media here.  If you think we’ve missed something, please let us know at:


New York Times Magazine: CRISPR and the Splice to Survive
Yale Environment 360: Assisting Evolution: How Far Should We Go to Help Species Adapt?
Mother Jones: How Far Should Humans Go to Help Species Adapt to Conditions We Created?
WIRED: How Far Should Humans Go to Help Species Adapt?


New York Times Magazine: The Gene Drive Dilemma: We Can Alter Entire Species, But Should We?
Genetic Literacy Project: Can the gene editing technology known as CRISPR help reduce biodiversity loss worldwide?
European Scientist: Interview with Professor Austin Burt: Role of gene drive technology in the context of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy 2030
Genetic Literacy Project: Viewpoint: Is there a scientific basis to ban gene drive technology that can rid us of virus-carrying rodents and mosquitoes?
SciTech Daily: Genetically Engineered Organisms: Path Set for Field Trials of Gene Drive Organisms


NPR: Scientists Release Controversial Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In High-Security Lab 
NC State University: Workshop Report on Gene Drive Mice for Biodiversity Protection on Islands
The Globe Post: Humans Have Put a Million Species at Risk – But Can Save Them Too
Nature: Self-destructing mosquitoes and sterilized rodents: the promise of gene drives
CNET: The CRISPR machines that can wipe out entire species


Trends in Ecology and Evolution: A 2018 Horizon Scan of Emerging Issues for Global Conservation and Biological Diversity
The Sydney Morning Herald: Could WA be the genetic testing ground for ‘synthetic mice’ to end mice?
The Canberra Times: CRISPR will save lives – and technology can’t come soon enough
WIRED: Process of Elimination
Genetic Literacy Project: Gene Drive Files ‘cabal’—and biotech rejectionist efforts to derail research on technology with potential to fight crop pests
The Times: Gene editing dilemma plagues campaign to wipe out rats
Weekend Australia Magazine: Line In the Sand
Weekend Australia: Gene war strategy to rub out feral cats
Brookings: Catastrophic risk to ecosystems puts biotechnology fixes on the table
Pacific Standard Magazine: Deleting a Species
Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio: Feral science or solution? Unleashing gene drives
Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Gene drives: Feral science or feral solution?
Player FM: Redesigning life on Earth
Nature: Controversial CRISPR ‘gene drives’ tested in mammals for the first time
Scientific American: Controversial CRISPR “Gene Drives” Tested in Mammals for the First Time
BioRxiv: Super-Mendelian inheritance mediated by CRISPR_Cas9 in the female mouse germline
MIT Technology Review: Gene drive technology has been shown to work in mammals
GenomeWeb: Tightly Controllable Cas9 Genome Editor Could be Useful for Gene Drive Regulation
The Conversation: Gene drives accelerate evolution – but we need brakes
Interesting Engineering: CRISPR Gene Editing Used on Mammals for the First Time
Stat News: Gene-drive technology must be developed in a safe, ethical way
The Economist: The promise and peril of gene drives
The Guardian: GM Mosquito Trial Sparks ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ Lab Fears
Nature: Ban on ‘gene drives’ is back on the UN’s agenda — worrying scientists
UN treaty agrees to limit gene drives but rejects a moratorium
The Washington Post: ‘Gene drive’ research to fight diseases can proceed cautiously, U.N. group decides
The Scientist: 
No Ban on Gene Drives: UN Convention
The Scientist: UN Rejects Calls for Moratorium on Gene Drive Research
European Parliamentary Research Service Blog: What If We Genetically Engineered An Entire Species?


Future of Life: Why 2016 Was Actually a Year of Hope
Scientific American: Gene Drives Thwarted by Emergence of Resistant Organisms
The Atlantic: When Evolution Fights Back Against Genetic Engineering
Gizmodo: Will a Radical Plan to Save New Zealand’s Birds With Genetic Engineering Work?
Genetic Literacy Project: Synthetic conservation: Gene drives could revive extinct animals, protect endangered species, knock out pests
Popular Mechanics: Scientists Want to Use a ‘Gene Drive’ to Wipe Out Invasive Mice
Singularity Hub: Natural Selection Is About to Be Overpowered by the First-Ever Mammalian Gene Drive
Scientific American: Mice as Conservationists?
Gizmodo: New Zealand Could Use Gene Editing to Kill Off Its Cutest Predator
Daily Mail: Robots, tasers join battle against invasive species
ABC News Australia: New weapons in the battle against invasive pests
ABC News Australia: Scientists fight to make invasive pest control palatable to the public
Audubon: How Genetically Modified Mice Could One Day Save Island Birds
Yale Environment 360: Should Genetic Engineering Be Used as a Tool for Conservation?
Friends of the Earth: Military Revealed as Top Funder of Gene Drives; Gates Foundation paid $1.6 million to influence UN on gene drives
The Guardian: US military agency invests $100m in genetic extinction technologies
NZ Herald: Conservation minister opposes GM-rodent plan
NZ Herald: The Big Read: What happened when one expert killer was visited by the US military’s science agency
NZ Herald: Consortium eyes NZ islands for genetic trials on pests
Telegraph: Genetically mutated rats could be released in Britain to solve rodent problem Genetic tool that can doom a species under UN review
Nature: Gene drive technology needs thorough scrutiny
The Guardian: US military agency invests $100m in genetic extinction technologies
CBC News: Scientists mobilize for a fight over powerful gene-editing technology
The Washington Post: We need to talk about genetically modifying animals
Earth Island Journal: Letting Gene Drives Loose Outside Labs is Too Risky, says Scientist Who Promoted Idea


UP Magazine: Bio Innovations
Inhabitat: Can genetically modified rats save the Galapagos Islands?
Alainet: Armas transgénicas para extinguir especies
Wired: Save the Galapagos with GMO rats. What could go wrong
Friends of the Earth: Genetic “extinction” technology rejected by international group of scientists, conservationists and environmental advocates
ETC Group: Un Resumen del Grupo de Trabajo de la Sociedad Civil sobre Impulsores Genéticos
MIT Technology Review: Bill Gates Doubles His Bet on Wiping Out Mosquitoes with Gene Editings
Wisconsin Gazette: Genetic ‘extinction’ technology raises concerns at World Conservation Congress
Futurism: Bill Gates Doubles Down on Eradicating Mosquitoes with Genetic Engineering
Comune Info: Quella specie è dannosa, va estinta
Scientific American: Harnessing the Power of Gene Drives to Save Wildlife Armas transgénicas para extinguir espécies
Global Research: Controversial Genetic Engineering Technology: “Gene Drive” and the Modification of Entire Species Now we can edit life itself, we need to ask how we should use such technology
Podomatic: Emerging New Technologies: Synthetic Biology & Gene Drives – Should We Be Concerned?
Friends of the Earth: Genetic extinction technology and digital DNA challenged at UN Convention
SynBioWatch: Common Call for a Global Moratorium on Genetically-engineered Gene Drives
Genetic Literacy Project: ‘Gene drive’ scientists ask UN Biodiversity Conference to not block new technology
Genetic Literacy Project: UN Biodiversity Conference: Anti-technology NGOs aim to block gene drive, CRISPR, synthetic biology
La jornada: Armas transgénicas para extinguir especies
La Jornada: Exigen moratoria sobre biología sintética
The Ecologist: Biodiversity Convention call to block new ‘genetic extinction’ GMOs
Gobernanza Noticias: Piden moratoria a Impulsores Genéticos, sería más agresiva que transgénicos SCIENTISTS URGE CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (CBD) TO SUPPORT GENE DRIVE TECHNOLOGY
Klima der Gerechtigkeit: Die Pro Gene Drive Lobby bei der CBD COP 13 in Cancun
Scientific American: Gene Drive Moratorium Shot Down at UN Meeting

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