A Beetle Made Famous

Technology Review reports on the genome sequence of Tribolium castaneum, the red flour beetle whose 16,000 genes were sequenced and analyzed at the Baylor genome center. The article says the information gleaned from the genome could help people develop more effective insecticides and might also be relevant for materials science.

 

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Researchers hope to tease out the signature effects that different carcinogens leave on the genome to determine their contributions to disease, Mosaic reports.

The Wall Street Journal looks into the cost of new gene therapies.

An Imperial College London-led team reports that it was able to use a gene drive to control a population of lab mosquitos.

In PNAS this week: genomic effects of silver fox domestication, limited effect of mitochondrial mutations on aging in fruit flies, and more.