Wolbachia: A Tale of Sex and Survival

Carl Zimmer, Science Magazine

This Science news article reports how the ubiquitous bacterium Wolbachia--perhaps the most common infectious bacterium on Earth--boosts its own reproductive success by manipulating the sex lives of its hosts. It discusses the widespread distribution of this organism, clues about its role in the origination of new species, and potential applications in the fields of pest and disease control. A subscription to Science may be required to view this article.

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Subject: Biology:Evolution:Patterns, Biology, Microbiology, Microbiology:Microbiology and Health, Biology:Evolution, Evolution:Processes, Biology:Diversity, Ecology, Ecology:Principles, Symbiotic Relations
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: General Public, Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)