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Multicellular invertebrate genomics

This section covers all aspects of the structure and function of the genomes of invertebrate multicellular organisms.

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  1. Biomineralization by molluscs involves regulated deposition of calcium carbonate crystals within a protein framework to produce complex biocomposite structures. Effective biomineralization is a key trait for a...

    Authors: Tejaswi Yarra, Kirti Ramesh, Mark Blaxter, Anne Hüning, Frank Melzner and Melody S. Clark

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2021 22:437

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  2. Diapause is a seasonal dormancy that allows organisms to survive unfavorable conditions and optimizes the timing of reproduction and growth. Emergence from diapause reverses the state of arrested development a...

    Authors: Vittoria Roncalli, Matthew C. Cieslak, Ann M. Castelfranco, Russell R. Hopcroft, Daniel K. Hartline and Petra H. Lenz

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2021 22:409

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  3. Transmission of pathogens by vector mosquitoes is intrinsically linked with mosquito’s reproductive strategy because anautogenous mosquitoes require vertebrate blood to develop a batch of eggs. Each cycle of e...

    Authors: Dilip K. Nag, Constentin Dieme, Pascal Lapierre, Erica Lasek-Nesselquist and Laura D. Kramer

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2021 22:396

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  4. Spodoptera frugiperda is a serious pest that causes devastating losses to many major crops, including corn, rice, sugarcane, and peanut. Camptothecin (CPT) is a bioactive secondary metabolite of the woody plant C...

    Authors: Benshui Shu, Yan Zou, Haikuo Yu, Wanying Zhang, Xiangli Li, Liang Cao and Jintian Lin

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2021 22:391

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  5. Malaria control is heavily reliant on the use of insecticides that target and kill the adult female Anopheline vector. The intensive use of insecticides of the pyrethroid class has led to widespread resistance...

    Authors: V. A. Ingham, F. Brown and H. Ranson

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2021 22:337

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  6. The complex life cycle of the coconut crab, Birgus latro, begins when an obligate terrestrial adult female visits the intertidal to hatch zoea larvae into the surf. After drifting for several weeks in the ocean, ...

    Authors: Werner Pieter Veldsman, Ka Yan Ma, Jerome Ho Lam Hui, Ting Fung Chan, J. Antonio Baeza, Jing Qin and Ka Hou Chu

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2021 22:313

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  7. Immune responses need to be initiated rapidly, and maintained as needed, to prevent establishment and growth of infections. At the same time, resources need to be balanced with other physiological processes. O...

    Authors: Florencia Schlamp, Sofie Y. N. Delbare, Angela M. Early, Martin T. Wells, Sumanta Basu and Andrew G. Clark

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2021 22:304

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  8. Infestation by tea green leafhoppers (Empoasca (Matsumurasca) onukii) can cause a series of biochemical changes in tea leaves. As a typical cell-rupture feeder, E. onukii secretes proteases while using its stylet...

    Authors: Ensi Shao, Yujuan Song, Yaomin Wang, Yichen Liao, Yufei Luo, Sijun Liu, Xiong Guan and Zhipeng Huang

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2021 22:271

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  9. Aedes aegypti mosquito, the principal global vector of arboviral diseases, lays eggs and undergoes larval and pupal development to become adult mosquitoes in fresh water (FW). It has recently been observed to dev...

    Authors: Ranjan Ramasamy, Vaikunthavasan Thiruchenthooran, Tibutius T. P. Jayadas, Thampoe Eswaramohan, Sharanga Santhirasegaram, Kokila Sivabalakrishnan, Arunasalam Naguleswaran, Marilyne Uzest, Bastien Cayrol, Sebastien N. Voisin, Philippe Bulet and Sinnathamby N. Surendran

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2021 22:253

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  10. For multicellular organisms, much remains unknown about the dynamics of synonymous codon and amino acid use in highly expressed genes, including whether their use varies with expression in different tissue typ...

    Authors: Carrie A. Whittle, Arpita Kulkarni, Nina Chung and Cassandra G. Extavour

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2021 22:234

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  11. The larvacean Oikopleura dioica is an abundant tunicate plankton with the smallest (65–70 Mbp) non-parasitic, non-extremophile animal genome identified to date. Currently, there are two genomes available for the ...

    Authors: Aleksandra Bliznina, Aki Masunaga, Michael J. Mansfield, Yongkai Tan, Andrew W. Liu, Charlotte West, Tanmay Rustagi, Hsiao-Chiao Chien, Saurabh Kumar, Julien Pichon, Charles Plessy and Nicholas M. Luscombe

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2021 22:222

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  12. While leeches in the genus Hirudo have long been models for neurobiology, the molecular underpinnings of nervous system structure and function in this group remain largely unknown. To begin to bridge this gap, we...

    Authors: Elizabeth Heath-Heckman, Shinja Yoo, Christopher Winchell, Maurizio Pellegrino, James Angstadt, Veronica B. Lammardo, Diana Bautista, Francisco F. De-Miguel and David Weisblat

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2021 22:215

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  13. In addition to their well characterized role in cellular energy production, new evidence has revealed the involvement of mitochondria in diverse signaling pathways that regulate a broad array of cellular funct...

    Authors: John C. Santiago, Joan M. Boylan, Faye A. Lemieux, Philip A. Gruppuso, Jennifer A. Sanders and David M. Rand

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2021 22:213

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  14. Entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) emerge as compatible alternatives to conventional insecticides in controlling Holotrichia parallela larvae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). However, the immune responses of H. paralle...

    Authors: Ertao Li, Jianhui Qin, Honglin Feng, Jinqiao Li, Xiaofeng Li, Innocent Nyamwasa, Yazhong Cao, Weibin Ruan, Kebin Li and Jiao Yin

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2021 22:192

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  15. In many insect species, the larvae/nymphs are unable to disperse far from the oviposition site selected by adults. The Sakhalin pine sawyer Monochamus saltuarius (Gebler) is the newly discovered insect vector of ...

    Authors: Zehai Hou, Fengming Shi, Sixun Ge, Jing Tao, Lili Ren, Hao Wu and Shixiang Zong

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2021 22:189

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  16. The fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith)) is a highly polyphagous agricultural pest with long-distance migratory behavior threatening food security worldwide. This pest has a host range of > 80 plant...

    Authors: Katrina A. Schlum, Kurt Lamour, Caroline Placidi de Bortoli, Rahul Banerjee, Robert Meagher, Eliseu Pereira, Maria Gabriela Murua, Gregory A. Sword, Ashley E. Tessnow, Diego Viteri Dillon, Angela M. Linares Ramirez, Komivi S. Akutse, Rebecca Schmidt-Jeffris, Fangneng Huang, Dominic Reisig, Scott J. Emrich…

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2021 22:179

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  17. The woodwasp Sirex noctilio Fabricius is a major quarantine pest worldwide that was first discovered in China in 2013 and mainly harms Pinus sylvestris var. mongolica Litv.. S. nitobei Matsumura is a native speci...

    Authors: Bing Guo, Enhua Hao, Haili Qiao, Jingzhen Wang, Weiwei Wu, Jingjiang Zhou and Pengfei Lu

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2021 22:172

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  18. Host immune function can contribute to numerous ecological/evolutionary processes. Ecoimmunological studies, however, typically use one/few phenotypic immune assays and thus do not consider the complexity of t...

    Authors: Otto Seppälä, Jean-Claude Walser, Teo Cereghetti, Katri Seppälä, Tiina Salo and Coen M. Adema

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2021 22:144

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  19. Apoptosis is an important process for an organism’s innate immune system to respond to pathogens, while also allowing for cell differentiation and other essential life functions. Caspases are one of the key pr...

    Authors: Susanne Vogeler, Stefano Carboni, Xiaoxu Li and Alyssa Joyce

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2021 22:80

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  20. Although around 1% of cytosines in bees’ genomes are known to be methylated, less is known about methylation’s effect on bee behavior and fitness. Chemically altered DNA methylation levels have shown clear cha...

    Authors: María I. Pozo, Benjamin J. Hunt, Gaby Van Kemenade, Jose M. Guerra-Sanz, Felix Wäckers, Eamonn B. Mallon and Hans Jacquemyn

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2021 22:73

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  21. In the light of dengue being the fastest growing transmissible disease, there is a dire need to identify the mechanisms regulating the behaviour of the main vector Aedes aegypti. Disease transmission requires the...

    Authors: Sharon Rose Hill, Tanvi Taparia and Rickard Ignell

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2021 22:71

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  22. The lesser grain borer, Rhyzopertha dominica is a serious pest of stored grains. Fumigation and contact insecticides play a major role in managing this pest globally. While insects are developing genetic resistan...

    Authors: Maria K. Sakka, Maria Riga, Panagiotis Ioannidis, Georgia V. Baliota, Martha Tselika, Rajeswaran Jagadeesan, Manoj K. Nayak, John Vontas and Christos G. Athanassiou

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2021 22:65

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  23. The red sea urchin Mesocentrotus franciscanus is an ecologically important kelp forest herbivore and an economically valuable wild fishery species. To examine how M. franciscanus responds to its environment on a ...

    Authors: Juliet M. Wong and Gretchen E. Hofmann

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2021 22:32

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  24. The pond snail Lymnaea stagnalis (L. stagnalis) has been widely used as a model organism in neurobiology, ecotoxicology, and parasitology due to the relative simplicity of its central nervous system (CNS). Howeve...

    Authors: Nancy Dong, Julia Bandura, Zhaolei Zhang, Yan Wang, Karine Labadie, Benjamin Noel, Angus Davison, Joris M. Koene, Hong-Shuo Sun, Marie-Agnès Coutellec and Zhong-Ping Feng

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2021 22:18

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  25. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have emerged as an important class of transcriptional regulators in cellular processes. The past decades have witnessed great progress in lncRNA studies in a variety of organisms....

    Authors: Longsheng Xing, Yu Xi, Xi Qiao, Cong Huang, Qiang Wu, Nianwan Yang, Jianyang Guo, Wanxue Liu, Wei Fan, Fanghao Wan and Wanqiang Qian

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2021 22:4

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  26. In marine invertebrate life cycles, which often consist of planktonic larval and benthonic adult stages, settlement of the free-swimming larva to the sea floor in response to environmental cues is a key life c...

    Authors: Xitan Hou, Zhenkui Qin, Maokai Wei, Zhong Fu, Ruonan Liu, Li Lu, Shumiao Bai, Yubin Ma and Zhifeng Zhang

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2020 21:892

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  27. Planarians reliably regenerate all body parts after injury, including a fully functional head and central nervous system. But until now, the expression dynamics and functional role of miRNAs and other small RN...

    Authors: Zhonghong Cao, David Rosenkranz, Suge Wu, Hongjin Liu, Qiuxiang Pang, Xiufang Zhang, Baohua Liu and Bosheng Zhao

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2020 21:876

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  28. Gonad development and differentiation is an essential function for all sexually reproducing species, and many aspects of these developmental processes are highly conserved among the metazoa. However, the mecha...

    Authors: Jun Li, Yinyin Zhou, Zihua Zhou, Chuanxu Lin, Jinkuan Wei, Yanpin Qin, Zhiming Xiang, Haitao Ma, Yang Zhang, Yuehuan Zhang and Ziniu Yu

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2020 21:872

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  29. The parasitoid wasp, Trichogramma dendrolimi, can enter diapause at the prepupal stage. Thus, diapause is an efficient preservation method during the mass production of T. dendrolimi. Previous studies on diapause...

    Authors: Xue Zhang, Wenmei Du, Junjie Zhang, Zhen Zou and Changchun Ruan

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2020 21:864

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  30. Ammonia is one of the most common toxicological environment factors affecting shrimp health. Although ammonia tolerance in shrimp is closely related to successful industrial production, few genetic studies of ...

    Authors: Digang Zeng, Chunling Yang, Qiangyong Li, Weilin Zhu, Xiuli Chen, Min Peng, Xiaohan Chen, Yong Lin, Huanling Wang, Hong Liu, Jingzhen Liang, Qingyun Liu and Yongzhen Zhao

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2020 21:857

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  31. The common cutworm, Spodoptera litura Fabricius is a leaf and fruit feeding generalist insect of the order Lepidoptera and a destructive agriculture pest. The broad host range of the herbivore is due to its abili...

    Authors: Vinod Kumar Prajapati, Mahendra Varma and Jyothilakshmi Vadassery

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2020 21:819

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  32. The gut microbiome can influence life history traits associated with host fitness such as fecundity and longevity. In most organisms, these two life history traits are traded-off, while they are positively lin...

    Authors: Matteo Antoine Negroni, Francisca H. I. D. Segers, Fanny Vogelweith and Susanne Foitzik

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2020 21:816

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  33. Arachnids are important components of cave ecosystems and display many examples of troglomorphisms, such as blindness, depigmentation, and elongate appendages. Little is known about how the eyes of arachnids a...

    Authors: Guilherme Gainett, Jesús A. Ballesteros, Charlotte R. Kanzler, Jakob T. Zehms, John M. Zern, Shlomi Aharon, Efrat Gavish-Regev and Prashant P. Sharma

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2020 21:811

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  34. Scylla paramamosain is one of the commercially crucial marine crustaceans belonging to the genus Scylla, which is commonly distributed along the coasts of China, Vietnam, and Japan. Genomic and transcriptomic dat...

    Authors: Na Li, Junming Zhou, Huan Wang, Changkao Mu, Ce Shi, Lei Liu and Chunlin Wang

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2020 21:775

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  35. Recent sequencing projects on early-diverging metazoans such as cnidarians, have unveiled a rich innate immunity gene repertoire; however, little is known about immunity gene regulation in the host’s early res...

    Authors: François Seneca, David Davtian, Laurent Boyer and Dorota Czerucka

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2020 21:768

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  36. Patterns of gene expression can be dramatically different between males and females of the same species, in part due to genes on sex chromosomes. Here we test for sex differences in early transcriptomic respon...

    Authors: Ning Li, Ben A. Flanagan, MacKenzie Partridge, Elaine J. Huang and Suzanne Edmands

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2020 21:759

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  37. The root lesion nematode Pratylenchus penetrans is a migratory plant-parasitic nematode responsible for economically important losses in a wide number of crops. Despite the importance of P. penetrans, the molecul...

    Authors: Paulo Vieira, Jonathan Shao, Paramasivan Vijayapalani, Thomas R. Maier, Clement Pellegrin, Sebastian Eves-van den Akker, Thomas J. Baum and Lev G. Nemchinov

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2020 21:738

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  38. Homeobox-containing genes encode crucial transcription factors involved in animal, plant and fungal development, and changes to homeobox genes have been linked to the evolution of novel body plans and morpholo...

    Authors: Yiqian Li, Wenyan Nong, Tobias Baril, Ho Yin Yip, Thomas Swale, Alexander Hayward, David E. K. Ferrier and Jerome H. L. Hui

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2020 21:713

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  39. Nematode model organisms such as Caenorhabditis elegans and Pristionchus pacificus are powerful systems for studying the evolution of gene function at a mechanistic level. However, the identification of P. pacifi...

    Authors: Marina Athanasouli, Hanh Witte, Christian Weiler, Tobias Loschko, Gabi Eberhardt, Ralf J. Sommer and Christian Rödelsperger

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2020 21:708

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  40. The population genetics of U.S. honey bee stocks remain poorly characterized despite the agricultural importance of Apis mellifera as the major crop pollinator. Commercial and research-based breeding programs hav...

    Authors: Perot Saelao, Michael Simone-Finstrom, Arian Avalos, Lelania Bilodeau, Robert Danka, Lilia de Guzman, Frank Rinkevich and Philip Tokarz

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2020 21:704

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  41. Copepods are fundamental components of pelagic food webs, but reports on how molecular responses link to reproductive success in natural populations are still scarce. We present a de novo transcriptome assembl...

    Authors: Ennio Russo, Chiara Lauritano, Giuliana d’Ippolito, Angelo Fontana, Diana Sarno, Eric von Elert, Adrianna Ianora and Ylenia Carotenuto

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2020 21:693

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  42. Nervous systems originated before the split of Proto- and Deuterostomia, more than 600 million years ago. Four animal phyla (Cnidaria, Placozoa, Ctenophora, Porifera) diverged before this split and studying th...

    Authors: Thomas L. Koch and Cornelis J. P. Grimmelikhuijzen

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2020 21:666

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  43. Albino mutations are commonly observed in the animal kingdom, including in bivalves. In the black-lipped pearl oyster Pinctada margaritifera, albino specimens are characterized by total or partial absence of colo...

    Authors: Pauline Auffret, Jérémy Le Luyer, Manaarii Sham Koua, Virgile Quillien and Chin-Long Ky

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2020 21:662

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  44. The AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is an intracellular fuel sensor for lipid and glucose metabolism. In addition to the short-term regulation of metabolic enzymes by phosphorylation, AMPK may also exert l...

    Authors: Heng Jiang, Nan Zhang, Caihong Ji, Xiangkun Meng, Kun Qian, Yang Zheng and Jianjun Wang

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2020 21:655

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  45. Crustaceans express several classes of receptor genes in their antennules, which house olfactory sensory neurons (OSNs) and non-olfactory chemosensory neurons. Transcriptomics studies reveal that candidate che...

    Authors: Mihika T. Kozma, Hanh Ngo-Vu, Matthew T. Rump, Yuriy V. Bobkov, Barry W. Ache and Charles D. Derby

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2020 21:649

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  46. SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling genes are required for normal acute responses to alcohol in C. elegans and are associated with alcohol use disorder in two human populations. In an effort to discover the downstream g...

    Authors: Laura D. Mathies, Jonathan H. Lindsay, Amal P. Handal, GinaMari G. Blackwell, Andrew G. Davies and Jill C. Bettinger

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2020 21:646

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  47. Plant viruses maintain intricate interactions with their vector and non-vector insects and can impact the fitness of insects. However, the details of their molecular and cellular mechanisms have not been studi...

    Authors: Dandan Li, Chi Zhang, Zeqian Tong, Dan Su, Gaisheng Zhang, Shize Zhang, Huiyan Zhao and Zuqing Hu

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2020 21:638

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  48. Since 2008, the aquaculture production of Crassostrea gigas was heavily affected by mass mortalities associated to Ostreid herpesvirus 1 (OsHV-1) microvariants worldwide. Transcriptomic studies revealed the major...

    Authors: Umberto Rosani, Miriam Abbadi, Timothy Green, Chang-Ming Bai, Edoardo Turolla, Giuseppe Arcangeli, K. Mathias Wegner and Paola Venier

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2020 21:620

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  49. Aedes aegypti is the principle vector of many arboviruses, including dengue virus and Zika virus, which are transmitted when an infected female mosquito takes a blood meal in order to initiate vitellogenesis. Dur...

    Authors: Heather Eggleston and Zach N. Adelman

    Citation: BMC Genomics 2020 21:604

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