Wolbachia

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 […]

A selfish gene (blue) spreading through a mosquito population

standard U.S. National Academy of Science’s Report on Gene Drive Research

The United States National Academy of Sciences published a report entitled Gene Drives on the Horizon: Advancing Science, Navigating Uncertainty, and Aligning Research with Public Values recently.  The report was written by the Committee on Gene Drive Research in Non-Human […]

A selfish gene (blue) spreading through a mosquito population

standard Insect Gene Drives – Reviewed and Compared

Champer et al have published a review on the topic of engineered gene drives to manipulate wild populations in a recent Nature Reviews Genetics. Recent attention on Cas9-based gene drive systems has raised the awareness of these types of genetic […]