Homeless camping on a Portland sidewalk in 2016.

Homeless camping on a Portland sidewalk in 2016.

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  • As gene editing technologies become easier and cheaper, it is increasingly likely they could be used to try to solve environmental issues. Genetically modified mosquitoes could suppress malaria. Corals could be modified to withstand a more acidic ocean. But what ripple effects would these changes have on the surrounding environment? OSU Ethicist Michael Nelson, along with Yale Molecular Biologist Natalie Kofler, argue that an international oversight panel should be set up to evaluate when gene editing technology should be used to solve environmental problems.

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