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Thanks to a Parasite, Asexual Reproduction Catches On

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Science  21 Mar 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5307, pp. 1743
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5307.1743

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Can you catch a new kind of sex life? Wasps can, according to new research on the speciation patterns of one family of asexually reproducing wasps and its bacterial parasite, Wolbachia. Wolbachia live in their hosts' egg cells and alter reproduction. And if a wasp picks up a Wolbachia infection from another wasp, it may be forever doomed to an asexual state.