mosquitoes

Containing Genetically Modified Insects

Four recently published papers on containment issues concerning genetically modified insects. 1. Recommendations for Laboratory Containment and Management of Gene Drive Systems in Arthropods.  Benedict Mark Q., Burt Austin, Capurro Margareth L., De Barro Paul, Handler Alfred M., Hayes Keith […]

Short Course on Insect Genetic Technologies – August 2015

The Insect Genetic Technologies Research Coordination Network is offering a short course on insect genetic technologies August 17-21, 2015. Today there are myriad technologies for modifying genomes. Technologies are emerging rapidly and it is a challenge for investigators to keep […]

Robotic Injection of Embryos – Ready for Insects?

  Spaink et al (2013) describe their use of a robotic injection system as a high throughput screening tool in zebra fish, Danio rerio, embryos.  Automated and semi-automated injection systems for zebra fish embryos as well as other systems are […]

WHO’s Guidance on Testing Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

The World Health Organization (WHO)  has published a guidance document that provides a framework by which genetically modified mosquitoes might be developed and tested as tools for controlling mosquito populations and/or pathogen transmission. This guidance comes at a time when […]

Applying Insect Genetic Technologies to Mosquito Control

The development and use of genetic technologies in a few mosquito species that are major vectors of human pathogens has been on factor in driving or, more appropriately, reviving interest in using genetics-based strategies to control these insects. Transgenic technologies […]