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Forward genetics in Tribolium castaneum: opening new avenues of research in arthropod biology

Andrew D Peel

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Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB), Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FoRTH), Nikolaou Plastira 100, GR-70013 Iraklio, Crete, Greece

Journal of Biology 2009, 8:106  doi:10.1186/jbiol208

Published: 30 December 2009


A recent paper in BMC Biology reports the first large-scale insertional mutagenesis screen in a non-drosophilid insect, the red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum. This screen marks the beginning of a non-biased, 'forward genetics' approach to the study of genetic mechanisms operating in Tribolium.

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