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The US government has approved the deployment of the lab-raised insects to eliminate the Zika- and dengue-transmitting Asian tiger mosquito.

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Wolbachia-infected Mosquitoes Released in Florida

By Kerry Grens | April 19, 2017

The bacterium causes eggs to die, and spreading treated insects is expected to curb Aedes aegypti populations.

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How Bacteria Interfere with Insect Reproduction

By Ruth Williams | February 28, 2017

Scientists identify the genes responsible for bacteria-controlled sterility in arthropods.

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image: Bacteria-Treated Mosquitoes Released in More Locations

Bacteria-Treated Mosquitoes Released in More Locations

By Kerry Grens | January 17, 2017

Infected with Wolbachia, the insects are expected to reduce the spread of dengue and Zika. But scientists say the approach may have limitations.

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image: Black Widow Secrets in Phage Genome

Black Widow Secrets in Phage Genome

By Jef Akst | October 12, 2016

In the DNA of the WO phage, which infects arthropod-inhabiting Wolbachia, researchers find sequences related to a black widow spider’s toxin and other animal genes.

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Lateral Gene Transfer in Drosophila

By Kelly Robinson and Julie Dunning Hotopp | October 1, 2016

DNA transfer is a regular event among bacteria, and research over the past decade has shown that microbes can also shuttle their genetic material to multicellular hosts.

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Bacteria and Humans Have Been Swapping DNA for Millennia

By Kelly Robinson and Julie Dunning Hotopp | October 1, 2016

Bacteria inhabit most tissues in the human body, and genes from some of these microbes have made their way to the human genome. Could this genetic transfer contribute to diseases such as cancer?

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A Method to Detect Zika-Blocking Bacteria

By Tanya Lewis | July 5, 2016

A team of scientists confirm Wolbachia can prevent mosquitoes from transmitting the virus, while another group finds a reliable way to detect the bacteria.

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image: Bacterium Blocks Zika’s Spread

Bacterium Blocks Zika’s Spread

By Tanya Lewis | May 4, 2016

Infecting mosquitoes with Wolbachia greatly reduces the insects’ abilities to transmit the virus.

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Communicating Across Kingdoms?

By Sandhya Sekar | December 15, 2014

Researchers pinpoint microRNAs that could play a role in how Wolbachia bacteria manipulate their arthropod hosts.

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