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Miss Anna Clark

PositionMSc Student
DepartmentDepartment of Anatomy
QualificationsBSc (Genetics)
Research summaryInvestigating candidate genes for mammalian Gene Drive pest control


Recent discovery of CRISPR gene editing has enabled further exploration of Gene Drive techniques for pest species control and eradication. Based on the idea of super-Mendelian inheritance, species populations could be humanely controlled by introduced sex-biased infertility genes.

Most research has been focused on reviewing system models as a whole so we aim to investigate candidate genes. Application could have the potential to be a long term solution to aid conservation both here in New Zealand and overseas.