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Improved Lucilia cuprina sexing strains published

We describe improved transgenic embryonic sexing strains for the Australian sheep blowfly in a recent article in Molecular Genetics and Genomics . We found that promoters from the L. cuprina nullo or Cochliomyia macellaria CG14427 genes drove high levels of tTA expression in the … Continue reading

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CRISPR in blowflies published

Our paper on gene editing in screwworm and blowflies has been published in G3. We describe our efforts to optimize CRISPR/Cas9-based gene editing through targeting the brown body gene, which is an ortholog of Drosophila yellow. We then use the … Continue reading

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no blokes paper published in Current Biology

Our manuscript showing that the no blokes gene is essential for male viability and X chromosome gene expression in the Australian sheep blowfly has been published in Current Biology. The paper can be freely accessed for the next month using … Continue reading

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Article on gene drives for control of Ag pests published online

At a conference in Raleigh in February 2016, we presented a paper on the potential of Cas9-mediated gene drive systems for control of agricultural insect pests. At the meeting a draft manuscript was made available to attendees that described in … Continue reading

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Screwworm review published

Our review of research advances over the past 25 years on the New World screwworm has been recently published in Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 

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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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