ESA Member Comments - Gene drive research

During their January conference call, the ESA Science Policy committee agreed to begin work on drafting a position statement on the importance of continued work on gene drive technologies in the field of entomology. This is in response to campaigns calling for a moratorium on gene drive research and gene drive field releases at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in 2016 and 2018. 

ESA members who have informed thoughts, research, and opinions on the subject matter were encouraged to submit comments to help inform the position statement. The deadline for submitting comments was extended through March 1, 2019, but is now closed. Since this document will be a position statement made on behalf of the Society, in order to be accepted, all comments on this topic must be received from ESA members.