- Gene drives can force new DNA into subsequent generations at warp speed
- Critics worry GMO changes might have unintended consequences
- Researchers say they have created fail-safes or can engineer fixes
This is part four in a four-part series about the efforts to stop or slow the spread of Zika virus though the use of modified and engineered mosquitoes. See all four pieces here.
(CNN)University of California-Irvine microbiologist Anthony James says he's called the "silverback" -- the wise old man in the gorilla kingdom -- of gene drive researchers, because he's spent 30 years trying to find a way to genetically engineer an end to malaria, dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases.