Insect Molecular Genetics, 3rd Edition

An Introduction to Principles and Applications

Insect Molecular Genetics, 3rd Edition,Marjorie Hoy,ISBN9780124158740


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Key Features

* Up-to-date references to important review articles, websites, and seminal citations in the disciplines
* Well crafted and instructive illustrations integral to explaining the techniques of molecular genetics
* Glossary of terms to help beginners learn the vocabulary of molecular biology


Insect Molecular Genetics, Third Edition, summarizes and synthesizes two rather disparate disciplines-entomology and molecular genetics. This volume provides an introduction to the techniques and literature of molecular genetics; defines terminology; and reviews concepts, principles, and applications of these powerful tools. The world of insect molecular genetics, once dominated by Drosophila, has become much more diverse, especially with the sequencing of multiple arthropod genomes (from spider mites to mosquitoes). This introduction includes discussion of honey bees, mosquitoes, flour beetles, silk moths, fruit flies, aphids, house flies, kissing bugs, cicadas, butterflies, tsetse flies and armyworms.

This book serves as both a foundational text and a review of a rapidly growing literature. With fully revised and updated chapters, the third edition will be a valuable addition to the personal libraries of entomologists, geneticists, and molecular biologists.


Advanced undergraduates, beginning graduate students, faculty and researchers that need a primer of molecular genetics as it relates to entomology. Libraries at institutions with strong programs in entomology, pest control, biological control, insect pathology, and molecular genetics.

Marjorie Hoy

Affiliations and Expertise

Insitute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, U.S.A.

Insect Molecular Genetics, 3rd Edition


1. DNA, Gene Structure, and DNA Replication

2. Transcription, Translation, and Regulation of Eukaryotic DNA

3. Nuclear and Extranuclear DNA in Insects

4. Genetic Systems, Genome Evolution, and Genetic Control of Embryonic Development in Insects


5. Some Basic Tools: How to Cut, Paste, Copy, Measure, Visualize, and Clone DNA

6. Some Additional Tools For the Molecular Biologist

7. DNA Sequencing and the Evolution of the "-Omics"

8. DNA Amplification by the Polymerase Chain Reaction: Molecular Biology Made Accessible

9. Transposable-Element Vectors and Other Methods To Genetically Modify Drosophila and Other Insects


10. Sex Determination in Insects

11. Molecular Genetics of Insect Behavior

12. Molecular Systematics and Evolution of Arthropods

13. Insect Population Ecology and Molecular Genetics

14. Genetic Modification of Pest and Beneficial Insects for Pest Management Programs



Quotes and reviews

"It is both a genetics bible and a superlative homage to the wonderful diversity of insect lifestyles and the underlying genetics that drive them. It is quite simply a stunning and gargantuan work of art." -- The Quarterly Review of Biology

"It is therefore comprehensive in every sense of the term and via its clever organization takes readers on a white-knuckle ride through not only all of modern insect biology and genetics but also the new -omics techniques that now promise to enrich that biology. It should be useful to everyone from the aging professor (myself included) to the budding and more youthful student. It is both a genetics bible and a superlative homage to the wonderful diversity of insect lifestyles and the underlying genetics that drive them. It is quite simply a stunning and gargantuan work of art." -- Richard H. French-Constant, Centre for Ecology & Conservation and Biosciences, University of Exeter, Falmouth, United Kingdom

"Hoy presents this third edition of her molecular entomology textbook, with updated material on genetic modification, sequencing, and symbiosis. The author notes that although the title refers to insects, other arthropods such as ticks and mites are increasingly contributing to related knowledge."--Reference & Research Book News, October 2013

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