The genetic code of the tsetse fly cracked

Crack the genetic code of the tsetse fly

According to an article that appeared in the Science magazine in April 2014, scientists have cracked the genetic code of the Tsetse Fly Hematophagous, giving hope that the discovery will help in future efforts to combat one of the most devastating diseases to livestock in sub-Saharan Africa. The bite of a Tsetse carrier of the parasite can cause animal trypanosomiasis and sleeping sickness in humans. The genome of the Tsetse fly has been sequenced and annotated by an international collective effort of ten years which was jointly managed by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna. In this effort our colleagues Professor K. Boutzis and Professor G. Tsiamis, Faculty members of the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Management of the University of Patras in Agrinio participated as Representatives of the Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Group.