Rhabdoviruses in Two Species of Drosophila: Vertical Transmission and a Recent Sweep

@inproceedings{Longdon2011RhabdovirusesIT,
  title={Rhabdoviruses in Two Species of Drosophila: Vertical Transmission and a Recent Sweep},
  author={Ben Longdon and Lena Wilfert and Darren J Obbard and Francis M. Jiggins},
  booktitle={Genetics},
  year={2011}
}
Insects are host to a diverse range of vertically transmitted micro-organisms, but while their bacterial symbionts are well-studied, little is known about their vertically transmitted viruses. We have found that two sigma viruses (Rhabdoviridae) recently discovered in Drosophila affinis and Drosophila obscura are both vertically transmitted. As is the case for the sigma virus of Drosophila melanogaster, we find that both males and females can transmit these viruses to their offspring. Males… CONTINUE READING
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