Wolbachia
<em>Wolbachia</em>-Laced Mosquitoes to Be Released for Population Control
Wolbachia-Laced Mosquitoes to Be Released for Population Control
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 7, 2017
The US government has approved the deployment of the lab-raised insects to eliminate the Zika- and dengue-transmitting Asian tiger mosquito.
<em>Wolbachia</em>-infected Mosquitoes Released in Florida
Wolbachia-infected Mosquitoes Released in Florida
Kerry Grens | Apr 19, 2017
The bacterium causes eggs to die, and spreading treated insects is expected to curb Aedes aegypti populations.
How Bacteria Interfere with Insect Reproduction
How Bacteria Interfere with Insect Reproduction
Ruth Williams | Feb 28, 2017
Scientists identify the genes responsible for bacteria-controlled sterility in arthropods.
Bacteria-Treated Mosquitoes Released in More Locations
Bacteria-Treated Mosquitoes Released in More Locations
Kerry Grens | Jan 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.
Black Widow Secrets in Phage Genome
Black Widow Secrets in Phage Genome
Jef Akst | Oct 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.
Bacteria and Humans Have Been Swapping DNA for Millennia
Bacteria and Humans Have Been Swapping DNA for Millennia
Kelly Robinson and Julie Dunning Hotopp | Oct 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?
Lateral Gene Transfer in <em>Drosophila</em>
Lateral Gene Transfer in Drosophila
Kelly Robinson and Julie Dunning Hotopp | Sep 30, 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.
A Method to Detect Zika-Blocking Bacteria
A Method to Detect Zika-Blocking Bacteria
Tanya Lewis | Jul 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.
Bacterium Blocks Zika’s Spread
Bacterium Blocks Zika’s Spread
Tanya Lewis | May 4, 2016
Infecting mosquitoes with Wolbachia greatly reduces the insects’ abilities to transmit the virus.
Communicating Across Kingdoms?
Communicating Across Kingdoms?
Sandhya Sekar | Dec 15, 2014
Researchers pinpoint microRNAs that could play a role in how Wolbachia bacteria manipulate their arthropod hosts.