Monday, August 1, 2016

BacterioFiles 261 - Pilfered Parasitoid Proteins Protect Prey

These butterflies thus constitute in fact naturally produced GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) during the course of evolution. This is symbolised here in an Andy Warhol-like style by the fluorescent colours on the Monarch pictures.
© IRBI-CNRS, Corentin Drezen
This episode: Viruses domesticated by parasitoid wasps have transferred wasp genes to caterpillar victims, allowing them to survive deadly infections from other viruses! This means that Monarch butterflies are effectively naturally Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
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Show notes:
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Journal Paper:
Gasmi L, Boulain H, Gauthier J, Hua-Van A, Musset K, Jakubowska AK, Aury J-M, Volkoff A-N, Huguet E, Herrero S, Drezen J-M. 2015. Recurrent Domestication by Lepidoptera of Genes from Their Parasites Mediated by Bracoviruses. PLOS Genet 11:e1005470.

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