Meet the Herod bug

@article{Knight2001MeetTH,
  title={Meet the Herod bug},
  author={Jonathan E. Knight},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2001},
  volume={412},
  pages={12-14}
}
  • J. Knight
  • Published 2001
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
A parasitic bacterium that uses an array of dastardly tricks to favour female hosts over males is holding evolutionary biologists in thrall. Jonathan Knight enters the strange world of Wolbachia. 

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