Genetically Engineered Insects
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Proposed Field Test of Gene-Altered Cotton Pest Debated

Genetically Engineered Insects

By Marc Kaufman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 25, 2001; Page A01

PHOENIX -- The little brown creatures were squirming and fighting -- that much could be seen with the naked eye. But it took a special microscope to understand what made them unique. They glowed bright green.

Making Way for Designer Insects

Genetically Engineered Insects

Risks and Benefits of Gene-Altered Bugs Merit Thorough Study, Report Says

By Justin Gillis
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, January 22, 2004; Page A01

The insect world could shortly undergo a genetic makeover in the laboratory. Scientists are at work developing silkworms that produce pharmaceuticals instead of silk, honeybees resilient enough to resist pesticides and even mosquitoes capable of delivering vaccines, instead of disease, with every bite.

Israeli Scientist Produces Genetically Engineered Spider web Fiber

Genetically Engineered Insects

Scientists Achieve Self-assembly Of Spider Silk Fiber In Insect Cells

SOURCE: Hebrew University Of Jerusalem / adapted by ScienceDaily
DATE: 26 Nov 2004

For the first time anywhere, 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.

Trust Us - We're Scientists!

Genetically Engineered Insects

WASHINGTON - Don't squash that bug! Cockroaches, beetles, spiders and worms may be the US government's next line of defense in the war on terror.

Backed by the Pentagon, scientists are recruiting insects, shellfish, bacteria and even weeds to act as "bio-sentinels," which give early warning of biological and chemical attacks, detect explosives or monitor the spread of contamination.

Scientists Engineer Mosquitoes That Can't Cause Malaria Infection

Genetically Engineered Insects


SCIENTISTS are genetically engineering mosquitoes in an attempt to wipe out malaria, the disease responsible for more deaths worldwide than any other.

Anthony James, a professor of microbiology and molecular genetics at the University of California, whose lab is working on mosquitoes that cannot host the malaria parasite, said some strains are now ready to be tested outside the lab.

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