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The second edition of “Transgenic Insects” is now available

The hardback and e-version of the new edition of “Transgenic Insects: Techniques and Applications” are now available. This edition was edited by Mark Benedict and Max Scott and contains several new chapters on CRISPR gene editing and applications. Max also … Continue reading

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Publication on Additional SWD Male-Only Lines

Aki generated additional Drosophila suzukii FL19 strains by crossing the original line to a piggyBac jumpstarter strain. The new lines were evaluated for dominant female lethality, productivity and male competition. The paper was published in a collection on Genetic Control … Continue reading

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Gene editing in Drosophila suzukii

In a recent article in CRISPR Journal we describe Drosophila suzukii (spotted wing drosophila) strains that express Cas9 and sgRNAs for efficient gene editing. This work could lead to improved strains for genetic control of this invasive pest of soft-skinned … Continue reading

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Lucilia sericata genome

Our paper on the genome assembly and larval gene expression analysis of the common green blow fly Lucilia sericata has been published in Genomics. web. These resources could lead to improved strains for maggot debridement therapy and for genetic control … Continue reading

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On the cover!

Amarish and Aki’s design was selected for the November 2021 issue of Pest Management Science. web

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Congratulations Dr. Megan!

Congratulations to Dr. Megan Williamson on successfully completing a PhD in genetics. Megan’s thesis was on Lucilia cuprina and titled “Improvement and Development of Genetic Sexing Strains and Gene Editing Tools for Insect Pest Management”. A paper on conditional sex … Continue reading

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Whole body fluorescent protein markers for transgenic Aedes aegypti

Strongly expressed fluorescent protein genes that are expressed throughout development can be useful for identifying transgenic mosquitoes in the field. In a recent paper we report that the Aedes aegypti hsp83 promoter drives expression of ZsGreen and DsRed fluorescent protein … Continue reading

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Suppression of cage populations of Drosophila suzukii

In a recent paper in Pest Management Science, we described the evaluation of two spotted wing Drosophila male-only strains. Repeated releases of males from the FL19 strain led to suppression of established populations in cage trials.

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Dispatch on sex determination and dosage compensation

In the current issue of Current Biology, Max has written a dispatch on the importance of finding that the femaleless (fle) gene is essential for development and dosage compensation inhibition in females in the malaria vector, Anopheles gambiae. In the … Continue reading

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Recent publications on screwworm and sheep blowfly male-only strains

We recently published two papers in a special issue of BMC Genetics on the sterile insect technique. One paper led by Carolina Concha and Ying Yang describes New World screwworm strains that carry an early female lethal conditional genetic system. In … Continue reading

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