Consultation on a draft National Gene Drive Policy Guide

Closes 3 Mar 2024

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In order to give proponents of gene drive technology greater regulatory certainty and understanding of the risk considerations, a new National Gene Drive Policy Guide (the Guide) has been developed.

The Guide aims to provide proponents of this technology understanding of their obligations under the Gene Technology Act 2000 and additional considerations that arise under the National Gene Technology Scheme.  

Learn more about gene drives and how they are currently regulated. 

We would like to hear from you to make improvements to the Guide and further increase regulatory clarity.   

The term gene drive is used to describe organisms which have been genetically modified to increase the rate for a particular trait to spread through a sexually reproducing population, spreading the genes or traits through a species at a faster rate than normal inheritance. 

An example might be a gene drive in a pest insect that produces a mostly male population, reducing the number of females and therefore the number of offspring from that pest. The images below provide an example of what the difference between normal inheritance and gene drive inheritance may look like. 

top image depicts normal inheritance in mosquitoes and the bottom image depicts gene drive inheritance in mosquitoes

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