Dopamine receptor knock-outs in crickets

Awata et al. (2015) have used Cas9 to knock-out Dop1 in Gryllus bimaculatus to assess the role of dopamine neurons in mediating reward and punishment. Functional genomics technologies like transposons and first and second generation gene-editing technologies have been available […]

Research Assistantship for Ph.D. Entomology with emphasis in Molecular Arthropod Physiology and Toxicology

Research Assistantship for Ph.D. in Entomology with emphasis in Molecular Arthropod Physiology and Toxicology. A research assistantship is available now for graduate studies in Entomology in the laboratory of Prof. Patricia Pietrantonio, Dept. of Entomology, at Texas A&M University in […]

Carbon Quantum Dots for dsRNA Delivery

Das et al. (2015) in Applied Materials & Interfaces compare chitosan, silica and carbon quantum dot nanoparticles as dsRNA delivery platforms for silencing genes in larval mosquitoes. Direct injection of dsRNA into the hemocoel of insects has  been somewhat effective […]