Handheld device could detect CRISPR bioweapons before they spread

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    Handheld device could detect CRISPR bioweapons before they spread


    Technology



    13 March 2019

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    By Michael Le Page

    A HANDHELD device could spot a potential new type of bioweapon made feasible by the latest gene- editing technology.

    Researchers around the world are using CRISPR to make gene drives – bits of DNA that, when inserted into a living thing, can bypass the normal rules of genetic inheritance to spread widely in a population within just a few generations.

    Gene drives could be used for good, for example to stop the spread of malaria by adding a gene to mosquitoes that renders all …

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