Tsetse Genomics and Bioinformatics

International Glossina Genome Initiative (IGGI) was established in 2004 to promote Glossina genome sequencing and bioinformatics activities. Expanding genomics resources is expected to also build the Glossina community.  The genome sequence of Glossina is of interest not only as an important vector but also for evolutionary comparison due its positioning in the higher Diptera. IGGI has helped develop extensive transcriptome resources for Glossina morsitans morsitans, including three normalized EST libraries from the midgut, fatbody and salivary gland tissues.  In addition, host development specific libraries as well as reproductive libraries have been analyzed. The genome sequence of G. m. morsitans is under progress at the Sanger Center and a draft version is expected by mid-2010.