Evolution: Infectious Speciation

Michael J. Wade, Nature Publishing Group

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This Nature news article summarizes reports that the infectious bacterium Wolbachia acts as a reproductive barrier to gene exchange in its host. The article reviews the nature of Wolbachia and introduces its role in cytoplasmic incompatibility, a phenomenon which results in the failure of infected host males and uninfected host females to produce offspring. A subscription to Nature may be required to view this article.

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Subject: Biology, Evolution:Processes, Biology:Microbiology, Evolution:Principles, Patterns, Biology:Ecology, Ecology:Symbiotic Relations, Biology:Evolution
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)