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AUS: Queensland Fruit Flies to Lose Manhood?

AUS: Queensland Fruit Flies to Lose Manhood?

One of Australia’s worst pests could soon lose their manhood or undergo a sex change as part of a bid to save the nation’s $7-billion fruit and vegetable industry from the dreaded Queensland fruit fly. Australian and New Zealand scientists are working on a plan to alter the DNA of the insect by feeding certain genes to larvae that cause the insects to grow into sterilised male flies, whether they start out as male or female. If the five-year study succeeds, thousands of the flies will be released into infected orchards across Australia to breed with female flies, which mate only once. Researchers also hope to create 1.5-mm sensors, which can be glued to the flies to pinpoint their location and identify where they breed.
(Source: brisbanetimes.com.au)