Current Research Projects

Project Lead

Dr. Kalina Kamenova

Trends in News Media Coverage of Gene Drive Technology

How is gene drive technology portrayed in the news? What are the key ethical and policy concerns articulated by science reporters? This study undertakes a comprehensive content analysis of media coverage since 2015, identifying major trends in framing the technology, its potential benefits and risks for human health and the environment, and the evolution of media representations.  

Project Lead

Dr. Kalina Kamenova

Ethical Pathways for Field Trials with Gene Drive-Modified Mosquitoes

This project explores key ethical concerns surrounding the use of  gene drive-modified mosquitoes for malaria prevention and elimination, focusing on the development of an inclusive ethics framework for field trials, including potential open releases, that is sensitive to the social and cultural contexts of Sub-Saharan Africa and incorporates shared values of local communities.

Project Lead

Dr. Shashank Tiwari

Gene Drive Research in India: Emerging issues

As gene drives are increasingly viewed as a promising tool to control malaria transmission, India is likely to become a testing ground for gene drive mosquitoes. This project aims to explore: 1) how key stakeholders such as scientists, environmentalists, bioethicists, public health experts and policymakers view the technology and its applications; and 2) ethical, social and regulatory issues associated with the potential release of genetically modified mosquitoes.

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