Wolbachia,A Heritable Pandemic
Created by Sarah Bordenstein, Marine Biological Laboratory
This collection of resources offers an overview of Wolbachia biology as well as highlights a few key topics in the field:
- Wolbachia Evolution
- Reproductive Strategies
- Symbiosis & Host-Microbe Interactions
- Human Disease
- Speciation in Insects
- Vector Control
- Viruses/Phage: The Parasites Within
Understanding these topics will provide clues to both our past and future. Wolbachia research allows scientists to gain insight into evolutionary processes, from the origin of the eukaryotic cell to current trends in insect speciation, as well as multi-layered symbiosis, specifically that between hosts, symbionts and bacteriophage. It also offers promise in the fields of pest control and global disease management. Opportunities are available for students and teachers to join in the international effort to unravel the secrets of this heritable pandemic.
Learn more about Wolbachia with this collection of resources including informational websites, news releases, primary literature, and educational modules.
The Microbes Within is a WebQuest exploring the effects of endosymbiosis on reproduction, evolution and human health.
For additional resources about Wolbachia, search the Microbial Life collection.