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Culex genome is not just another genome for comparative genomics

BP Niranjan Reddy1*, Pierrick Labbé2 and Vincent Corbel3

Author Affiliations

1 School of Studies in Biotechnology, Jiwaji University, Gwalior, MP 474 002, India

2 Laboratoire Génétique et Environnement, CNRS UMR 5554, Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution, Université Montpellier 2, Place E. Bataillon, 34095 Montpellier cedex 05, France

3 Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), Maladies Infectieuses et Vecteurs, Ecologie, Génétique, Evolution et Contrôle (MIVEGEC, UM1-CNRS 5290-IRD 224), Centre de Recherches Entomologiques de Cotonou (CREC), 06 BP 2604 Cotonou, Bénin

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Parasites & Vectors 2012, 5:63  doi:10.1186/1756-3305-5-63

Published: 30 March 2012


Formal publication of the Culex genome sequence has closed the human disease vector triangle by meeting the Anopheles gambiae and Aedes aegypti genome sequences. Compared to these other mosquitoes, Culex quinquefasciatus possesses many specific hallmark characteristics, and may thus provide different angles for research which ultimately leads to a practical solution for controlling the ever increasing burden of insect-vector-borne diseases around the globe. We argue the special importance of the cosmopolitan species- Culex genome sequence by invoking many interesting questions and the possible of potential of the Culex genome to answer those.