“Gene drive” has been heavily promoted as a “breakthrough” technology for meeting the goal of New Zealand being predator free by 2050.

However even before such a gene drive has been properly developed, the scientist behind the concept has recognised that in its original form at least, it should not be used because it cannot be confined to target areas and could wipe out a species globally.

The immediate implication – that international governance must be in place before any use of the technique can be contemplated – is a wake up call ringing not just for scientist advocates.

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