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Our paper describing transgenic Lucilia cuprina larval sexing strains is now published

Insect sexing strains that produce only males under certain conditions are highly advantageous for genetic control programs. If larval diet is a major cost for a mass rearing factory it is desirable if female insects die at early stages of development. … Continue reading

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Welcome Melina!

Dr. Melina Florez-Cuadros recently joined the lab from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she studied the effects of temperature and diet in stable fly’s development. Melina is supported by the Dean’s Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at … Continue reading

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Welcome Kara!

Dr Kara Bolz recently joined the lab from UNC-Chapel Hill. Kara has studied epigenetic mechanisms in Arabidopsis and Drosophila and brings a wealth of experience in molecular genetics to the lab. Kara is supported by the BRAG grant to investigate … Continue reading

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Welcome Bill!

Dr. Bill Reid recently joined the lab from USDA-ARS, Gainesville where investigated   promoters and tissue-specific genes in Ae. aegypti . For his doctoral studies at Auburn U., Bill took a functional genomics approach to study insecticide resistance in housefly … Continue reading

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Next gen medicinal maggot project funded by DARPA

Our application for funding to develop transgenic strains of Lucilia sericata that are engineered to produce and secrete factors to promote wound healing has been funded by DARPA, starting 1 January. The grant will be used to support Dr Rebecca … Continue reading

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Male-only screwworm strains paper published in BMC Biology

Our paper on the development and evaluation of transgenic strains of the New World screwworm that carry a conditional female lethal gene has been published in BMC Biology. Over a 50 year period, the SIT was used to eradicate screwworm from … Continue reading

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Cas9-mediated gene drive grant funded by BRAG

Our application to develop and evaluate conditional split Cas9-mediated gene drive systems in spotted wing Drosophila and New World screwworm has been funded by NIFA’s Biotechnology Risk Assessment Grants Program. The funding will likely be used to support a postdoctoral fellow

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HDAC4 paper featured in the July issue of Genetics!

HDAC4 is essential for memory in Drosophila and mammals. The current issue of Genetics features our paper showing that HDAC4 interacts with  Ubc9, the sole SUMO E2-conjugating enzyme, during memory formation (web). This study should open new avenues for research on how long … Continue reading

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New paper on transgenic maggots that express PDGF-BB

BMC Biotechnology recently published our paper that is the first report of transgenic L. sericata that express and secrete a human growth factor. Sterile L. sericata maggots are approved for debridement of wounds. The maggots clean the wound and inhibit … Continue reading

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Local abc news

Sophia’s work on gene drive in Aedes aegypti was covered by the local abc news station web: The clip also shows Esther injecting Lucilia embryos and some transgenic Lucilia larvae.

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