Polydnaviruses of Parasitic Wasps: Domestication of Viruses To Act as Gene Delivery Vectors

  title={Polydnaviruses of Parasitic Wasps: Domestication of Viruses To Act as Gene Delivery Vectors},
  author={Gaelen R. Burke and Michael R Strand},
Symbiosis is a common phenomenon in which associated organisms can cooperate in ways that increase their ability to survive, reproduce, or utilize hostile environments. Here, we discuss polydnavirus symbionts of parasitic wasps. These viruses are novel in two ways: (1) they have become non-autonomous domesticated entities that cannot replicate outside of wasps; and (2) they function as a delivery vector of genes that ensure successful parasitism of host insects that wasps parasitize. In this… CONTINUE READING
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