Making an Impact

Active Genetics Goes Global

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UC San Diego has received a $70 million commitment from the India-based philanthropic Tata Trusts to establish the Tata Institute for Genetics and Society, a collaborative partnership between the university and research operations in India. UC San Diego is home to the lead unit of the institute, along with a complementary research enterprise in India.

The goal of the Institute is to push the boundaries of bioscience in support of human needs and society, and to build scientific capacity in India. The researchers will employ Active Genetics, a breakthrough gene-drive technology developed by UC San Diego biologists that controls the transmission of genetic traits, to combat malaria and other vector-borne diseases in India and California. They are also applying Active Genetics to some of the world’s other pressing issues, ranging from health care to agriculture.

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