cell lines

Genetic Dissection of RNAi in the Colorado Potato Beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata

RNAi works well in beetles, in general, and why that is is not all that clear but Yoon et al. (2016) have begun to identify key genetic contributors in their recent paper in Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  The authors […]

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 […]

Genetic Manipulation of Insect Cell Lines

Two papers in the December issue of Genetics, Cherbas et al. 2015 and Manivannan et al. 2015, describe an improved method for making Drosophila cell lines with single, targeted mutations. Both works build upon existing recombination-mediated cassette exchange (RMCE) technology […]