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Image 1 - Gypsy Moth Caterpillars Are Hormonal Slaves To Virus Gene
2011-09-09 07:19:47

  Gypsy moth caterpillars infected with baculovirus forfeit safety and stay in the treetops during the day because a virus gene manipulates their hormones to eat continuously and forego molting, according to entomologists. The caterpillars die where they climb and infect other gypsy moth caterpillars. "Normally, gypsy moth caterpillars are active at night," said Kelli Hoover, professor of entomology, Penn State. "They hide during the day in the soil or bark crevices protected from...

2009-09-14 15:51:00

MERIDEN, Conn., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Protein Sciences Corporation (PSC) announced today that the United States Bankruptcy Court in Delaware granted PSC's motion to dismiss the involuntary bankruptcy case filed against it by Emergent BioSolutions, Inc. The Court found the involuntary bankruptcy was not in the best interests of PSC and its creditors. About PSC PSC is a privately held biopharmaceutical company based in Meriden, Connecticut, whose mission it is to save lives and improve...

2009-04-30 14:55:00

MERIDEN, Conn., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Protein Sciences Corporation ("PSC"), a privately owned company based in Meriden, CT, announced today that it had signed an agreement with Emergent BioSolutions, Inc. ("EBS"), a publicly traded company (NYSE: EBS), headquartered in Rockville, MD, establishing the terms for the repayment of the loan that Emergent made to PSC in 2008, terminating the 2008 Asset Purchase Agreement between the parties and resolving the outstanding litigation. Daniel D....

2005-06-30 14:50:00

ITHACA, N.Y. -- A gene enabling an insect virus to enter new cells was likely stolen from a host cell and adapted for the virus's use, researchers at Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) at Cornell University report. Virologists have long thought of baculoviruses, a group of viruses that can liquefy their insect hosts in a matter of days but don't induce so much as a sneeze in mammals, as potential pesticides. But the viruses would require tweaking to be effective since they kill insects more...


Latest Baculovirus Reference Libraries

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2011-01-12 15:55:50

The baculoviruses, are a family of large rod-shaped viruses, divided into two genera: nucleopolyhedroviruses (NPV) and granuloviruses (GV). Baculoviruses have species-specific tropisms among the invertebrates with over 600 host species having been described. Moth larval is the most common hosts but sawflies, mosquitoes, and shrimp are also known hosts. The viruses are not known to replicate in mammalian or other vertebrate animal cells. In the early sixteenth century the first records of...

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2011-01-11 10:27:42

Cypoviruses or CPV, are a genus of viruses in the Reoviridae family. The virions structure is similar to other reoviruses with a genome composed of 10 segments of double-stranded RNA. The virions are embedded in a protein matrix in order to form structures referred to as polyhedra or occlusion bodies. Cypoviruses have only been isolated from insects. They have more in common with the widely studied nucleopolyhedroviruses. CPVs are classified into 14 species based on the electrophoretic...

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