Making an Impact

New Genetics Technologies for Human Health and Beyond

UC San Diego has established an initiative that leverages new genetics technologies for some of the world’s most urgent needs, ranging from public health to agriculture. Through a partnership with the India-based philanthropic Tata Trusts, UC San Diego scientists launched the Tata Institute for Genetics and Society with a goal to push the boundaries of bioscience to improve human health in a socially conscious and ethical manner.

The researchers are employing Active Genetics, a breakthrough gene-drive technology developed by UC San Diego biologists that controls the transmission of genetic traits, to modify mosquito populations and stop the spread of deadly malaria and other vector-borne diseases in India and California. Other Active Genetics applications include control of crop pests, development of new agricultural crop strains, new humanized mouse models of diseases such as cancer and new antibiotics.

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