Target Malaria - The Potential of Genetic Engineering
Our first academic event of the year!
Target Malaria is a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation researching the use of gene drive to reduce the transmission of malaria. Despite being preventable and treatable, malaria is estimated to have caused over 400,000 deaths in 2015. Genetic traits such as malaria resistance, female infertility or an inability to find a blood source can be edited into mosquito’s genomes and spread quickly. Delphine Thizy will represent Target Malaria and explain more about this approach and its challenges, as well as other methods used to fight malaria and their effectiveness. The presentation will be followed by an open discussion where you can raise questions and express your thoughts.