Studies on X-Ray Induced Chromosomal Translocations in Anopheles Albimanus

I. Chromosomal Translocations and Genetic Control

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  • Department of Genetics and Development, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois 61801

Chromosomal translocations are of importance in genetic control of insect pests. Translocation males have certain advantages over sterile males as regards mating vigor. The presence of good quality salivary gland chromosomes in Anopheles albimanus facilitated the detection of radiation-induced chromosomal translocations and location of the break-points in precise regions of the salivary chromosomes. Translocations involving all three chromosomes have been isolated and studied. Of particular interest have been the Y-autosome translocations because of the prospects of using such translocations in genetic control of this important vector species.

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Present address: Insects Affecting Man Research Laboratory, U. S. D. A., P. O. Box 14565, Gainesville, Florida 32604.

Present address: Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, P. O. Box 520, Vero Beach, Florida 32960.