Wolbachia: A Tale of Sex and Survival

@article{Zimmer2001WolbachiaAT,
  title={Wolbachia: A Tale of Sex and Survival},
  author={Carl Zimmer},
  journal={Science},
  year={2001},
  volume={292},
  pages={1093 - 1095}
}
  • C. Zimmer
  • Published 2001
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Science
By manipulating the sex lives of its hosts, the ubiquitous bacterium Wolbachia --perhaps the most common infectious bacterium on Earth--boosts its own reproductive success. Although no vertebrates (humans included) are known to carry Wolbachia , it is rampant in the invertebrate world, showing up in everything from fruit flies to shrimp, spiders, and even parasitic worms and turning the study of Wolbachia into a cottage industry among evolutionary biologists. Researchers suspect that… Expand
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