AUS – MOUSE PLAGUES IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Source: Sydney Morning Herald, 23 May 2021
Mice plagues, such as the one ravaging parts of inland NSW, could become a thing of the past if scientists succeed in modifying the genes of the rodents so that populations crash before they can take off. Paul Thomas, a researcher at the University of Adelaide, is part of an international consortium including the CSIRO and the US Department of Agriculture, studying how to safely alter genes to make female mice infertile.
The techniques learned could potentially be applied to other damaging invasive mammals such as cats and foxes…