International Short Course on Insect Transgenesis: Shanghai, China March 16-20, 2015

International Short Course on Insect Transgenesis. (download poster) Applications are now being accepted. The workshop will provide a small number (~15) of rigorously-selected graduate students, postdocs and early-stage faculty an opportunity to learn how to plan and carry out transgenesis […]

Systemic RNAi in Western Corn Rootworm, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera

Li et al. recently reported how systemic RNAi occurred in the western corn rootworm (WCR), Diabrotica virgifera virgifera, one of the most important maize pests in North America and a model for understanding the mechanism of RNAi. Efficiency of RNA […]

Redkmer – a computational tool to identify X-linked targets for CRISPR-based sex distortion in insects

In the inaugural volume of The CRISPR Journal, Philippos Papathanos and Nikolai Windbichler describe a computational pipeline they call redkmer, which identifies repetitive CRIPSR target sites for X-shredding systems in insects. Back in 2007, Windbichler et al. found that the […]

A Protocol for the Highly Efficient Generation of Stable Mosquito Knockout Lines Using CRISPR/Cas9

In their recent paper in G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, Li et al. describe a highly efficient protocol for the generation of stable knockout lines using CRISPR/Cas9. The ability of effectively targeting and disrupting gene function is essential for gene functional analysis studies […]

Recreating tra-2 Alleles in D. suzukii

Li and Handler (2017) have recently reported using CRISPR/Cas9 to make a temperature-sensitive transformer-2 (tra-2) allele in the pest species Drosophila suzukii by mutating the nucleotides orthologous to the Drosophila melanogaster tra-2ts2 allele. This study demonstrates an important proof of […]

Advances in CRISPR/Cas9 Genome Editing in Drosophila Lead the Way for Applications in Other Insects.

In the January edition of FlyBook (Genetics) Bier et al. review the recent advances in CRISPR/Cas technologies applied to the fruit fly, delving into the details of established and cutting-edge methods and their potential applications to future studies in this […]

Postdoctoral position in Insect-microbe-interactions

Dear Colleagues, Please share with those that may be interested (PDF announcement attached). Thanks! ——————————————————————————————————— Postdoctoral position in Insect-Microbe-Interactions We are looking for a talented and motivated Postdoctoral Researcher to work on insect-microbe interactions. The position is in the laboratory […]

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) […]