Insect Molecular Genetics

3rd Edition

An Introduction to Principles and Applications

Print ISBN: 9780128100424
eBook ISBN: 9780240821313
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 30th April 2013
Page Count: 838
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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.

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


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

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition

Preface to the Second Edition

Preface to the First Edition




Part I: Genes and Genome Organization in Eukaryotes

Chapter 1. DNA, Gene Structure, and DNA Replication

1.1 Overview

1.2 DNA is the Hereditary Material: A Brief History

1.3 The Central Dogma

1.4 The “RNA World” Came First?

1.5 The Molecular Structure of DNA

1.6 The Molecular Structure of RNA

1.7 The Double Helix

1.8 Complementary Base Pairing is Fundamental

1.9 DNA Exists in Several Forms

1.10 Genes

1.11 The Genetic Code for Protein-Coding Genes is a Triplet and is Degenerate

1.12 Gene Organization

1.13 Efficient DNA Replication is Essential

1.14 DNA Replication is Semiconservative

1.15 Replication Begins at Replication Origins

1.16 DNA Replication Occurs Only in the 5′ to 3′ Direction

1.17 Replication of DNA Requires an RNA Primer

1.18 Ligation of Replicated DNA Fragments

1.19 DNA Replication during Mitosis in Eukaryotes

1.20 Telomeres at the End: A Solution to the Loss of DNA during Replication

1.21 DNA Replication Fidelity and DNA Repair

1.22 Mutations in the Genome

1.23 Common Genetic Terminology

1.24 Independent Assortment and Recombination during Sexual Reproduction

General References

References Cited

Chapter 2. Transcription, Translation, and Regulation of Eukaryotic DNA

2.1 Overview

2.2 Introduction

2.3 RNA Synthesis is Gene Transcription

2.4 Transcription Involves Binding, Initiation, Elongation, and Termination

2.5 RNA Transcripts of Protein-Coding Genes

2.6 RNA of Protein-Coding Genes Must Be Modified and Processed in Eukaryotes

2.7 Splicing Out the Introns

2.8 Translation Invol


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"...a fantastic textbook for an introductory insect molecular genetics course. I would also recommend it to new and established researchers that need an introduction to, or need to brush up on, current molecular methods in arthropod genetics." --Bulletin of the ESC

"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, UK

"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