First synthesize new viruses then regulate their release? The case of the wild rabbit

European wild rabbits originated in southwestern Europe but have been introduced into many other countries world-wide, becoming serious pests in many instances. As a consequence of rabbits being regarded so differently, applied research for their management often has opposing goals, namely their conservation or their control. Furthermore, modern gene technology has led to the concept of using genetically modified myxoma viruses for rabbit management, again with quite contrary aims in mind. In this paper we explain the possible ecological and economic consequences of using these genetically modified viruses inappropriately and we consider whether national and international regulations are sufficient to prevent improper use. If international regulations are inadequate, molecular biologists and ecologists must consider the consequences of their research and advice beyond their own country to avoid unwanted impacts.

Reference type Journal Article
Author Angulo, G. and Cooke, B.
Date null
Year 2002
Secondary title Molecular Ecology
Volume 11
Number 12
Publisher Blackwell Scientific Publications
Pages 2703-2709
Notes Notes
ISBN/ISSN DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-294X.2002.01635.x
Region Australia - national