Genetically Engineered Insects
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Biotechnologists turning to silkworms

Genetically Engineered Insects

Thursday, January 15, 2004
By Hiroshi Yamada

The ancient technology of producing raw silk is now being applied by such state-of-the-art industries as genetic engineering and biotechnology.

Sericulture, a technology thought to have been introduced to Japan in the Yayoi Period (300 B.C. to A.D. 250) from China, played a key role in modernizing the country during and after the Meiji Era (1868-1912).

Research on to get silkworms to produce coloured silk

Genetically Engineered Insects

Research on to get silkworms to produce coloured silk

Monday, August 01, 2005
By BV Mahalakshmi

HYDERABAD - Synthetic dyeing of silk is passe. The recent trend is the use of vegetable and eco-friendly colours. Further, coloured cotton is a new venture.

Natural silk in different hues will be the next eye-catching trend and the textile mills are waiting.

Scientists create GM mosquitoes

Genetically Engineered Insects

Scientists create GM mosquitoes to fight malaria and save thousands of lives

SOURCE: The Guardain, UK, by David Adam,11381,1588607,00.html
DATE: 10 Oct 2005

- Plan to breed and sterilise millions of male insects
- Leader says project almost ready for testing in wild

Genetically modified mosquitoes could soon be released into the wild in
an attempt to combat malaria. Scientists at Imperial College London, who

Biotech Insects Raise Hopes and Concerns

Genetically Engineered Insects

Article source: Biotech Insects Raise Hopes...

Thomas Miller, professor of entomology at the University of California, Riverside, looks at Pink Bollworm larvae at his laboratory Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)


Genetically Engineered Spider Silk Fiber in Insect Cells

Genetically Engineered Insects

from the February 2005 issue of Israel High Tech and Investment Report

Scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and from Germany have succeeded in producing self-assembled spider web fibers under laboratory conditions, outside of the bodies of spiders. This fiber is significantly stronger than the silk fiber made by silkworms.

The achievement by the research team is described in an article in a recent issue of Current Biology. The development opens the way to commercial development of this spider fiber for a variety of applications.

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