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Wolbachia – a brief history
Jan

22

2017

Wolbachia – a brief history

Samuel Wolbach (1880–1954; picture above) was a Harvard-trained pathologist who had an established reputation as an authority in the area of arthropod-borne infections. Collaborative studies of Wolbach and Marshall Hertig, an entomologist led to the discovery of Wolbachia in 1924. Both Hertig and Wolbach would probably be very pleasantly surprised to learn that the unknown rickettsia-like organism, which they first isolated from the common brown...

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Wolbachia Innovative Strategy
Jan

22

2017

Wolbachia Innovative Strategy

Two strategies using Wolbachia are available: Suppression– This involves releasing very large number of male mosquitoes carrying Wolbachia. When these males mate with the normal wild females, eggs laid by female mosquitoes cannot hatch. This sterilising effect is known as Cytoplasmic Incompatibility (CI). Sustained release of Wolbachia infected male mosquitoes over a period of time will eventually reduce the natural Aedes population and hence stop...

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What is Wolbachia
Jan

22

2017

What is Wolbachia

A Wolbachia bacterium inside an insect cell Wolbachia are naturally occurring bacteria found in about half of all insect species, and other invertebrates such as spiders and nematodes. It can only live inside host cells, but not in the environment. It cannot be transmitted between insects. Instead Wolbachia is transmitted to the offspring by the mothers. All the eggs lay by the females will also carry the bacteria. Many mosquitoes,...

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