Transgenic Insects: Techniques and Applications


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Transgenic Insects: Techniques and Applications Editors: Dr Mark Quentin Benedict, Dr Maxwell Scott Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: CABI Publishing
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Pages: 624 Language: English ISBN: 9781800621152 Categories: ,

Technology for modifying the genotypes and phenotypes of insects and other arthropods has steadily progressed by development of more precise and powerful methods, most prominently transgenic modification. There is now almost unlimited ability to modify phenotypes to benefit human health and agriculture. Precise DNA modifications and gene drive particularly have the power to make wild-type populations less harmful in ways that could never be performed with previous transgenic approaches. This transition from primarily laboratory science to greater prominence for field applications has also necessitated a greater development of modelling, ethical considerations and regulatory oversight. The 2nd edition of Transgenic Insects contains chapters contributed by experts in the field that cover the technology and applications that are now possible. These include an increased emphasis on acceptance issues that will be necessary for application of many technologies.

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Author Biography

Mark Quentin Benedict (Edited By) Mark has a PhD in entomology with an emphasis on molecular biology and genetics from the University of Florida. He has been a developer of technology for developing transgenic insects, developed insectary methods for producing mosquitoes for release into the field, directed field studies underlying releases of transgenic insects and assisting developing country operations where transgenic insects will be used. He has worked at USDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the International Atomic Energy Agency and the University of Perugia. He is currently a research biologist at the CDC and is based in Atlanta, GA USA. He has contributed book chapters and over 100 peer reviewed publications. Maxwell J Scott (Edited By) Max has a PhD in molecular cell biology with an emphasis on the regulation of gene expression from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He has developed techniques for insect transgenesis, engineered male-only strains of agricultural pests such as the New World screwworm and spotted wing Drosophila, led the assembly and analysis of genomes from several species including screwworm, participated in the application for field testing of a transgenic male-only screwworm strain and developed self-limiting gene drive technologies that are applicable to a broad range of insect pests. Max has worked at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Institute of Biotechnology and Molecular Biology in Heraklion, Crete, Greece, Emory University and was a lecturer in genetics for 16 years at Massey University in New Zealand. He is currently a Professor in the Entomology and Plant Pathology Department at North Carolina State University. He has contributed reviews, book chapters, a patent and peer reviewed publications.