Christina Scali

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The understanding of the molecular mechanisms of sex differentiation in the mosquito Anopheles gambiae could identify important candidate genes for inducing selective male sterility in transgenic lines or for sex-controlled expression of lethal genes. In many insects, doublesex (dsx) is the double-switch gene at the bottom of the somatic sex-determination(More)
Mosquito transgenesis offers new promises for the genetic control of vector-borne infectious diseases such as malaria and dengue fever. Genetic control strategies require the release of large number of male mosquitoes into field populations, whether they are based on the use of sterile males (sterile insect technique, SIT) or on introducing genetic traits(More)
Transposable elements represent important tools to perform functional studies in insects. In Drosophila melanogaster, the remobilization properties of transposable elements have been utilized for enhancer-trapping and insertional mutagenesis experiments, which have considerably helped in the functional characterization of the fruitfly genome. In Anopheles(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic wounds cause significant morbidity and mortality and cost our health care system millions of dollars each year. A major impediment to wound healing is the formation of bacterial biofilms. Biofilms are communities of bacteria associated with chronic infections. OBJECTIVE This article reviews the literature on chronic wounds and biofilms.(More)
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