Attempts to ban natural evolution inspired science
Stuart has been fortunate enough to attend the bi-annual meeting of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), held from November 17-29 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Governments from around the world are gathered to debate and discuss policies that are intended to improve the world around us. One topic which has been most contentious in has been the topic of gene drives. While gene drive like occurrences do take place in nature on their own, the nature we live in now is influenced by humans and will never truly be 'natural'. So why not use the science that occurs naturally in our efforts to prevent further sufferings such as malaria or food sustainability? Environmentaly NGOs is one reason.