Glycoengineering Silkworms Using Transposon Technology

Mabashi-Asazuma et al. (2015)  report in Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology on their successful efforts to alter post translational glycolytic processing of proteins in the posterior silk gland of Bombyx mori. The “silkworm is emerging as a new recombinant protein […]

Megaselia and Chironomus Germline Transformation

In a recent paper in Development Genes Evolution., Caroti et al. (2015) reported on their efforts to extend the piggyBac transposon-based germline transformation system to the Diptera Megaselia abdita and Chironomus riparius and to use it for in vivo labelling […]

Anopheles gambiae Transgenesis Tool Box – Major Additions

Volohonsky et. al. (2015) in a just-published paper in G3 entitled  “Tools for Anopheles gambiae transgenesis”  describe a wealth of new tools for creating transgenic An. gambiae. There has been a protocol for Anopheles gambiae transgenesis for over 15 years, […]

A Stable, Replaceable, Highly Efficient Transgene Expression System

Long et. al. in Scientific Reports describe a system for creating stable sites in the genome of Bombyx mori that allow for site-specific recombination-mediated integration of transgenes. Transposons are essential platforms for many insect genetic technologies and are typically used […]

New ΦC31 Resources

A rapid method for generating and finding ΦC31 landing sites (attP) with the desired expression characteristics as well as a new method for creating transgene arrays in vivo was recently described by Knapp et al (2015). Albeit these methods were […]

Electroporation of Horn Fly Embryos

Qiang Xu, et al. 2015 describe their efforts to transform the horn fly, Haematobia irritans, by elctroporation. Transgenic technology has been considered an effective technique for the construction of genetically-modified insects for the purposes of insect control. Microinjection with piggyBac transposable […]