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Wolbachia is a widely-distributed, obligate, intracellular parasite belonging to the alpha-proteobacteria group, sharing features with Rickettsiae-like microorganisms. It is a bacterial endosymbiont whose presence can influence the sex ratio of many arthropod and nematode offspring by a number of different mechanisms. Its impacts on bio-control and speciation have made the study of Wolbachia invaluable. In order to gain insight into the potential impact of this host-parasite interaction on changes in select populations in Kentucky, we set out to characterize a sampling of Wolbachia strains ... Read more
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