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Beenomes to Bombyx: future directions in applied insect genomics

Jay D Evans1* and Dawn Gundersen-Rindal2

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1 USDA-ARS Bee Research Lab, Beltsville, MD 20705, USA

2 USDA-ARS Insect Biocontrol Lab, Beltsville, MD 20705, USA

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Genome Biology 2003, 4:107  doi:10.1186/gb-2003-4-3-107

Published: 26 February 2003

Abstract

The recent sequencing of the Anopheles gambiae genome showcases the genetic breadth of insects and a trend towards sequencing organisms directly involved with human welfare. We describe traits in other insect species that make them important candidates for genomics projects, and review several recent workshops aimed at uniting researchers working with insect species to efficiently address problems in medicine, biotechnology, and agriculture.