Meghana has a unique and compassionate interest in the field of genetic engineering. She tells me she wants to “use this field of science to further medicine in order to eradicate diseases from third world countries”. Meghana Manepalli is aware of the stigma and controversy that surrounds genetic engineering, but she feels that these opinions are based on false assumptions or fear. Meghana wants to focus her efforts on research for GE and making GE more accessible to scientists around the world. She knows that governments and other figures of power might create rules and regulations for genetic engineering. Despite these obstacles, she is determined to make an impact through this passion of hers.
A reason why third world countries are at such a setback is that diseases that are specific to the region. “We can use the technique CRISPR- CAS9 to genetically alter mosquitos to not carry certain viruses”. Diseases like Zika and Malaria are very common in many third world countries and take the lives of countless individuals each year. “Because genetic engineering will attack the cause of the disease, and not just treat the victims, this method of disease prevention might even prove to be more effective than traditional methods,” Meghana points out to me. Through procedures similar to these, Meghana hopes to better situations in third world countries. She hopes that diseases such as malaria will be eradicated. She hopes that the children of the future will be able to live long healthy lives, free of disease.