2017-12-06 10:43:16 UTC
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Genetically mutated rats could be released in Britain to solve rodent
Genetically mutated rats could be released into Britain to help tackle the
growing problem with rodents, Edinburgh University has said.
Scientists have launched a project to find out if genetically editing
animals could provide a more humane method of pest control.
Figures released last week show that London councils receive 100 complaints
about rats and mice each day with some local authorities reporting a 10 per
cent increase in the number of rodents since last year.
Most pest controllers use poison, but rats are fast becoming resistant to
even the strongest toxins, and poison risks harming pets and other animals.
Now experts at Edinburgh University believe that a process called 'gene
drive' could solve the problem. It works by spreading infertility genes
through a population, which causes a catastrophic drop in numbers over
A similar approach is already being tested in mosquitoes, to help control
diseases like malaria and zika. But now the scientists want to find out it
if could also work in mammals.
The technology uses the DNA editing technique called Crispr, a natural
process by which bacteria fight off viruses by snipping away at their DNA.