The Aedes aegypti Liverpool (LVP) strain sequenced for this genome project originated from West Africa and has been maintained at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine since 1936. It was selected for susceptibility to the filarial worm parasite Brugia malayi, and then subsequently a substrain (LVPsbm) was selected for greater Brugia susceptibility. Genome sequencing was performed on DNA purified from newly hatched larvae of an LVPsbm strain which was derived after 12 consecutive generations of single pair inbreeding. This inbred strain has been designated Aedes aegypti LVP1b12.

Live Ae. aegypti LVP1b12 mosquitoes can be obtained free or charge from BEI Resources and used to start a lab colony and/or, for an experiment. For more information please follow this link.

Aedes aegypti

Aedes aegypti exists in at least two forms (considered either subspecies or separate species according to different authors), namely A. aegypti formosus (the original wild type found in Africa) and A. aegypti aegypti (the worldwide urban form). The yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti aegypti, has a worldwide distribution in the tropics and subtropics where it is the main vector of both dengue and yellow fever viruses. It can also transmit chikungunya and Zika viruses.

Genome assemblies and gene sets