David O'Brochta

standard Western Corn Rootworm, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera, germline transformation.

Chu and colleagues in a recently published paper in Insect Molecular Biology describe their successful efforts to deploy transposon-based technologies in the economically important beetle, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera, and it is an interesting case study in how to develop genetic […]

Wolbachia in insect cell. Credit Scott O'Neil

standard Wolbachia Genes Responsible for Cytoplasmic Incompatibility – Will Synthetic CI Follow?

Cytoplasmic incompatibility – a hallmark of some Wolbachia infections – has not only been of great biological interest but also of practical interest. LePage et al (2017) have elucidated the genetic basis for CI in Drosophila and report their results […]

Anopheles gambiae

standard Modeling Gene Drives in Africa – Seasonal, Spatial and Epidemiological Considerations

Gene drive as a tool for fighting malaria has received much attention because of promising results in the laboratory. Moving these technologies to the field is complicated and Eckoff et al (2016) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of […]