Reversing insecticide resistance (IMAGE) University of California - San Diego Caption Reversing insecticide resistance with a new type of gene-drive system: Treatment of fields with insecticides leads to the emergence of insecticide-resistant insect pests and reduced diversity of beneficial insects. A new proof-of-principle study published in Nature Communications shows that gene drives engineered to bias inheritance called allelic-drives can be applied in the absence of pesticide treatment to restore insecticide susceptibility and balanced natural levels of insect populations. Credit Bier Lab, UC San Diego Usage Restrictions Must be used in conjunction with Nature Communications paper on reversing insecticide resistance. License Original content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.