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    Jan 2010
    Alachua County, FL, USA

    Default There is a new tool to track bee pathenogens

    Insect Innate Immunity Database (IIID): An Annotation Tool for Identifying Immune Genes in Insect Genomes
    We developed an online tool called the Insect Innate Immunity Database (IIID) to provide an open access resource for insect immunity and comparative biology research ( The intuitive web interface allows researchers to search for specific immunity genes by name, retrieve all immunity genes in the database for a particular species, pathway or class, and find putative homologs for a gene of interest using an internal BLAST tool. To facilitate the annotation of innate immunity genes in insects, we initially created an Insect Immunity Database (IIID) composed of the published immune repertoires of four insect models spanning several different orders: Drosophila melanogaster, Diptera [18], [19], Anopheles gambiae, Diptera [16], [20], Apis mellifera, Hymenoptera [17], [21], and Acrythosiphon pisum, Hemiptera [22]. Sequence information was obtained through NCBI for the 105 immunity genes described for Acrythosiphon pisum [22], 317 genes for Anopheles gambiae [20], [23], 379 genes for Drosophila melanogaster [18], [19], and 174 genes for Apis mellifera [17], [21]. The initial IIID was compiled using the immune repertoires of D. melanogaster, A. gambiae, A. pisum, and A. mellifera for a combined total of 975 genes.

  2. #2
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    May 2002
    San Mateo, CA

    Default Re: There is a new tool to track bee pathenogens

    Dumb this down for me please.

  3. #3
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    Apr 2011
    Wright, MN, USA

    Default Re: There is a new tool to track bee pathenogens

    They took the genetic information from a large number of insects, not just bees, and put it into a database. This database shows which gene(s) are responsible for a specific immunity response against a particular pathogen/disease.

    If you knew that your bees were infected with a particular virus, the database would tell you which gene(s), from all insects in the database, work against it.

    Not very useful for a bee keeper, unless you wanted to make genetically modified bees.

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