Kevin Esvelt, who created the first artificial gene drive capable of wiping out an entire species, says the threat of a deliberately released virus causing a pandemic is being overlooked
14 November 2022
The world must take the threat of pandemic terrorism more seriously, a leading geneticist has warned. Kevin Esvelt at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says the ability to take the DNA sequence of a virus from a database, turn it into a living virus and intentionally infect people with it is an extremely serious threat. He has now published a roadmap to help counter this kind of bioterrorism.
It is just a matter of time before an individual or group wanting to cause …