Finding Enhancers in Mosquitoes and Beyond

This post was written by Joseph Sarro and Keshava Mysore In a recent paper published in BMC Genomics, Behura and Sarro et al. (2016) report on the use of FAIRE-seq, formaldehyde-assisted isolation of regulatory elements paired with DNA sequencing, for […]

Promoters From Two Sap-Sucking Pests

Qian et al (2016) using bioinformatic and transient heterologous expression systems have identified three strong promoters from the genomes of the Hemipterans  Nilaparvata lugens and Nephotettix cincticeps. The abundance of genome sequence data is a boon to insect science and […]

Anopheles stephensi Image from: Vectorbase

Towards a Medea Drive System in Anopheles Mosquitoes

Germ-line specific promoters are useful to insect biologists and Biedler and colleagues (2015) in a just-published paper in G3-Genes|Genomes|Genetics report their efforts to identify, isolate and test maternal germline-specific genes and promoters in the Asian malaria vector, Anopheles stephensi. “We […]

Bombyx mori

Strongly and Ubiquitously Expressed Promoter for Lepidoptera

The number of genetic technologies available for the study of the silkworm, Bombyx mori, is second only to those available for Drosophila melanogaster. Germ-line transformation, enhancer-trapping, genome editing/modification using CRISPRs, TALENS, ZFNs  are all established technologies in B. mori. But, […]