Infection Divides Two Wasp Species

Susan Millius, Science News

Giving antibiotics to tiny wasps to cure them of a sex-related disease reveals the best evidence yet that infections can help make new species, reports this news article. Based on the research of Seth Bordenstein and Jack Werren, this article discusses reproductive barriers in Nasonia wasp species and summarizes the effect of treating these wasps with antibiotics targeting their Wolbachia infections.

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Subject: Biology, :Evolution:Processes, Biology:Microbiology, Evolution:Principles, Patterns, Biology:Evolution, Ecology, Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Parasitism
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)