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SIT 2.0: 21st Century genetic technology for the screwworm sterile-insect program
© Alphey. 2016
- Received: 13 September 2016
- Accepted: 13 September 2016
- Published: 19 September 2016
Release of sterile insects, the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT), can be an extremely effective and precise method of pest control. A study in BMC Biology from the New World screwworm SIT program and others shows that modern genetic methods can provide major improvements even to this well-established and highly successful SIT program.
See research article: https://0-bmcbiol-biomedcentral-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/articles/10.1186/s12915-016-0296-8
I am grateful to Tim Harvey-Samuel for comments on the manuscript.
LA is supported by core funding from the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to the Pirbright Institute (BBS/E/I/00001892). LA’s research program at the Pirbright Institute aims to develop various genetic pest management approaches with funding from various sources, including BBSRC, Horizon2020, and the Wellcome Trust.
Luke Alphey wrote this article.
LA is a Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford and has equity interest in Intrexon Inc. Both organisations have intellectual property in the area of genetic pest management.
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