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Geplaatst op 08 april 2011 - 15:41


Endosymbiotic bacteria, which take up residence inside their hosts' bodies, aren't particularly rare in insects; in fact, the majority of insect species likely harbor one or more symbionts. However, scientists don't really know how these microbes become entrenched in new host populations. A case study in Science this week uncovers the novel ways that a bacterial endosymbiont can take over by manipulating reproduction in a new host

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