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There’s a Gene in my Mosquitoes: a MasterClass with Profs. Austin Burt, Tony Nolan & Abdoulaye Diabate
Ifakara MasterClasses in Public Health & Medical Entomology
Session XVIII: Wednesday, March 24th 2021; starting 2pm East African Time

Hosted by Fredros Okumu (Ifakara Health Institute) & Sheila Ogoma (CHAI)

Topics:
What are gene drives [and how different are they compared to other genetic engineering approaches]?
What makes gene drives attractive for malaria control & elimination [evidence from labs & models]
How do you build an efficient gene drive product for field use [from 50/50 to 100% inheritance]
What are the pathways for testing and deployment of gene drive mosquitoes for malaria control?
What are the main limitations & challenges of gene drive technologies for malaria control
What if we r wrong?; Can gene drives be contained?; Can they be recalled? What is the worst that can happen?
Will gene drives work in all major malaria vector species in Africa?
What are the key lessons from Target Malaria work and other initiatives in Africa [& Burkina Faso experience]
How would we regulate gene drives [safety, ethics, biodiversity and public opinions]
How do we build capabilities and experiences relevant to possible gene drive deployment in Africa
What do the people in malaria-endemic say?

And More

Mar 24, 2021 02:00 PM in Nairobi

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