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Mosquitoes infected with the bacteria Wolbachia are more likely to become infected with West Nile virus and more likely to transmit the virus to humans.
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Wolbachia, a symbiont that resides naturally up to 70% of all insect species, are probably the most prevalent infectious bacteria on Earth.
A new study led by Oregon State University reveals that the greatest battle in Earth's history has been going on for hundreds of millions of years. And the battle, which no one knew existed until now, is far from over.
Researchers at Boston University have made discoveries that provide the foundation towards novel approaches to control insects that transmit deadly diseases such as dengue fever and malaria through their study of the Wolbachia bacteria.
You don't have to go out into the woods anymore.
A multi-institutional team reports that it has sequenced the body louse genome, an achievement that will yield new insights into louse â€“ and human â€“ biology and evolution.
ROCKVILLE, Md., June 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A global research team led by scientists from the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) today published a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describing the sequencing and analysis of the body louse genome.
Researchers from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine have made an "unexpected" dual discovery that could open new avenues for treating Ichthyophthirius multifiliis, or "Ich", a devastating single-celled protozoan parasite that commonly attacks freshwater fish.
Dengue fever is a terrible viral disease blighting many of the world's tropical regions.
Wolbachia is a genus of bacteria which infects arthropod species, including a high proportion of insects (~60% of species). It is one of the world's most common parasitic microbes and possibly the most common reproductive parasite in biosphere. Studies have suggested that 25-70% of all insect species are estimated to be potential hosts. Marshall Hertig and Burt Wolbach first identified the bacterium in 1924 in a species of mosquito. Hertig described the genus as Wolbachia pipientis. Not...
Rickettsia rickettsii is a gram-negative bacterium native to the New World and causes the malady known as Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF). It is transmitted through the bit of an infected tick when it feeds on animals and humans. Humans are not necessary hosts in the rickettsia-tick life cycle but they can be. S. Burt Wolbach created the first detailed description of the etiologic agent in 1919. He recognized it as an intracellular bacterium seen most frequently in endothelial cells....