Wolbachia: Can we save lives with a great pandemic?

Daniel LePage, Seth R. Bordenstein

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Wolbachia pipientis is the most common bacterial infection in the animal world and wields a vast influence on invertebrate reproduction, sex determination, speciation, and behavior worldwide. These avenues of research have made seminal gains, including the latest use of Wolbachia to alter mosquito populations and a strengthened focus on using anti-. Wolbachia therapies against filarial nematode infections. This work is further bolstered by a more refined knowledge of Wolbachia biology spanning mechanisms to relevance. Here we tally the most up-to-date knowledge in the field and review the immense implications that this global infection has for the basic and applied life sciences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-393
Number of pages9
JournalTrends in Parasitology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases


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