Inching towards a flystrike vaccine

A VACCINE to protect sheep from blowflies would be a game changer for the Australian sheep and wool industry and genetic work is enabling researchers to inch ever closer to that elusive goal. While still years away, a blowfly vaccine is a real possibility as understanding of the blowfly genome continues to expand.

Inching towards a flystrike vaccine Inching towards a flystrike vaccine Inching towards a flystrike vaccine Inching towards a flystrike vaccine Inching towards a flystrike vaccine

Using sophisticated gene editing techniques, researchers at the University of Melbourne have genetically modifed blowies, making their eyes white and removing their sense of smell. Photo: AWI

A vaccine to protect sheep from blowflies would be a game changer for the Australian sheep and wool industry and genetic work is enabling researchers to inch ever closer to that elusive goal.