Researchers Create Red-Eyed Mutant Wasps

Researchers at UC Riverside’s Akbari lab have brought a new strain of red-eyed mutant wasps into the world.The wasps were created to prove that CRISPR gene-slicing technology can be used successfully on the tiny parasitic jewel wasps, giving scientists a new way to study some of the wasp’s interesting biology, such as how males can convert all their progeny into males by using selfish genetic elements.No one knows how that selfish genetic element in some male wasps “can somehow kill the female embryos and create only males,” said Omar Akbari, an assistant professor of entomology who led the research team. “To understand that, we need to pursue their PSR (paternal sex ratio) chromosomes, perhaps by mutating regions of the PSR chromosome to determine which genes are essential for its functionality.”

Source: Researchers Create Red-Eyed Mutant Wasps

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