Technology Topics

Y-chromosome transgenics using CRISPR/Cas9

Buchman et al (2018) from Tata Institute of California University reported in Insect Molecular Biology the use of CRISPR/Cas9-HDR system in order to insert transgenes to specific sites of the Drosophila melanogaster Y chromosome. In addition they investigated its usage […]

Switchable Genome Editing

  A recent manuscript by Suzuki et al (2018) demonstrates an effective method to control the expression of  CRISPR Cas9 based molecular components with a small molecule. Existing methods for controlling Cas9 suffer from high background activity and/or use compounds […]

Flock House Virus for Insect Gene Silencing

A recent paper in Frontiers in Physiology by Taning et al. demonstrated the feasibility of engineering an insect virus into a delivery system capable of eliciting a gene silencing response, through the RNAi pathway, both in vitro and in vivo […]

Network Announcements


INVITATION FOR 1ST INTERNATIONAL MOLECULAR PLANT PROTECTION CONGRESS-ADANA, TURKEY, APRIL 10-13, 2019 Dear Colleagues, Molecular approaches are currently among the most popular topics in biological sciences and provide many opportunities in the solution of various problems. We have witnessed […]

IGTRCN 2018 Technical Workshop – July 22-27

2018 IGTRCN Technical Short Course on Insect Genetic Technologies: Theory and Practice July 22 – 27, 2018 The Insect Transformation Facility Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research University of Maryland College Park Applications by April 2, 2018 (24 seats available) […]

Positions Available

Postdoc in Insect Engineering at the University of Minnesota

The Smanski Lab at the University of Minnesota is seeking a postdoctoral associate with a focus in Synthetic Biology and Insect Genome Engineering. We have two positions available, and the successful applicants will develop novel genetic biocontrol strategies. Specifically, our […]