David O'Brochta

Trojan Female Technique: Mitochondria-based population suppression.

The ‘Trojan Female Technique” is a genetics-based population suppression strategy.  Wolff et al.(2017) report results of empirical tests of the idea using Drosophila melanogaster as a model system and show net population suppression. Genetics-based pest control strategies are becoming increasingly […]

Cas9 Mutagenesis in Houseflies Confirms Male Determining Factor Identification

Sharma et al. (2107) report in a recent issue of Science the identification of a male determining factor in the housefly Musca domestica and provide convincing reverse genetic confirmatory evidence using dsRNA-mediated gene silencing and Cas9-mediated mutagenesis. Alternative splicing of […]

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 […]