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This meeting took place in 2001

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Genetic Manipulation of Insects (B6)

Organizer(s) Alexander S. Raikhel, Anthony A. James, Bruce M. Christensen, Richard ffrench-Constant and David A. O'Brochta
February 5—11, 2001
Sagebrush Inn & Suites • Taos, NM USA
Abstract Deadline: Oct 5, 2000
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Early Registration Deadline: Dec 5, 2000

Summary of Meeting:
Genetic transformation has been a cornerstone of the remarkable progress in molecular genetics. It has been critical in elucidating gene regulatory networks in a number of model organisms. It has played a pivotal role in biotechnological breakthroughs. Insects, being the most diverse group of animals, are major components of ecosystems. As pollinators of valuable plants, destructive pests of crops and livestock, and vectors of devastating infectious diseases, they have a profound effect on humans. However, successful genetic transformation of economically and medically important insects has only recently been achieved. Highlighting developments in insect genetic transformation, this symposium will focus on future refinement of this methodology as well as its utilization in exploration of insect-specific molecular mechanisms. An important focus of the symposium is the potential of genetic transformation in designing novel control strategies for pest management and vector-borne disease transmission. The program covers key areas in insect molecular biology, from insect genomics to gene regulatory cascades and physiological systems, which are the eventual targets of genetic transformation. Continuing on the success of two previous symposia, this meeting is anticipated to provide new research directions that will significantly influence the insect science.

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