Research Enterprise Feature

IUPUI maps genome of black blow fly; may benefit human health, advance pest management

Researchers at the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis have sequenced the genome of the black blow fly, an insect commonly found throughout the United States, southern Canada and parts of northern Europe.

Black blow flies have environmental, medical and forensic uses, functioning as nature's recyclers, as wound cleansers and as forensic timekeepers. They have a blue or green sheen and are similar in size to common houseflies.

The female genome was found to contain 8,312 genes; the male genome had 9,490 genes.

"There is nothing special about black blow flies (scientific name Phormia regina), but that lack of uniqueness is why scientists are interested in studying them," said Christine Picard, assistant professor of biology and forensic scientist, who led the team that sequenced the genome.

Read about the story