Wolbachia are shown in green; mosquito nuclei are in blue

 

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Frequency estimates of Wolbachia infections in insects range from 20 to 70% of insect species, making this one of the most common bacteria on the planet.  One reason for its success is its ability to manipulate the reproduction if its host, favoring the spread and persistence of Wolbachia infections.  How does Wolbachia do this?  If we learn its tricks, might we then use this to modify insect populations toward our own advantage?

Wolbachia-Infected Mosquito Cells

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