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Nat Rev Genet. 2003 Mar;4(3):225-32. doi: 10.1038/nrg1021.

Innovations: applications of insect transgenesis.

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Lehrstuhl für Genetik, Universität Bayreuth, Universitätsstrasse 30 NWI, 95447 Bayreuth, Germany. ernst.wimmer@uni-bayreuth.de

Abstract

The recent establishment of broadly applicable genetic transformation systems will allow the analysis of gene function in diverse insect species. This will increase our understanding of developmental and evolutionary biology. Furthermore, insect transgenesis will provide new strategies for insect pest management and methods to impair the transmission of pathogens by human disease vectors. However, these powerful techniques must be applied with great care to avoid harm to our environment.

PMID:
12610527
DOI:
10.1038/nrg1021
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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