From April 4 to 5, 2019, an expert workshop on control options for gene drives was held at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU).
This workshop on the “Evaluation of spatial and temporal control of Gene Drives” was organized to help gain some insight into the potential population dynamic behavior of gene drives and appropriate measures of control. Its first part on population biology and modelling focused on the relevant factors that determine the spread of gene drives. The second part was dedicated to “reasons for concern” and thereby investigated the nature of the environmental components that have to be protected. In the last part of the workshop, the question was raised how to achieve a level of control for gene drives that takes into account the requirements of the protection goals.
The speakers’ presentations are password protected. If you can name a 5-letter gene drive technique (all lower case), you can access them here. (preliminary password)
The unprotected workshop program can be downloaded here.