Wolbachia and Virus Protection in Insects

@article{Hedges2008WolbachiaAV,
  title={Wolbachia and Virus Protection in Insects},
  author={Lauren M. Hedges and Jeremy C Brownlie and Scott L O'Neill and Karyn N. Johnson},
  journal={Science},
  year={2008},
  volume={322},
  pages={702 - 702}
}
Wolbachia pipientis bacteria are common endosymbionts of insects that are best known for their ability to increase their prevalence in populations by manipulating host reproductive systems. However, there are examples of Wolbachia that exist in nature that seem to induce no reproductive parasitism trait and yet are able to invade populations. We demonstrate a fitness benefit for Wolbachia-infected insects that may explain this paradox. Drosophila melanogaster flies infected with Wolbachia are… Expand
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