11 Jun 2016

Rob Knight: engineering pests

From Saturday Morning, 11:05 am on 11 June 2016

New Zealand scientist Rob Knight is Director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation, and Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, at the University of California San Diego. He has been working since secondary school on ways to genetically engineer a pest species to produce all male offspring. With a range of collaborators, he has lodged three bids for research funding to pursue this idea, most recently a new proposal for the 2016 Smart Ideas round, which specified that proposals must contain risk.