Parasite Wasps Have Practiced Gene Therapy For A Hundred Million Years

Monday, February 16, 2009 - 11:35 in Biology & Nature

Braconid parasite wasps and their caterpillar hosts form a unique host-parasite model: the wasps lay their eggs inside the caterpillars and simultaneously inject some viral particles to get around the host's defenses and control its physiology. The genes from these viral particles have now been identified in the wasp's own genome.

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