Brevia

A Gene for an Extended Phenotype

Science  09 Sep 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6048, pp. 1401
DOI: 10.1126/science.1209199

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Abstract

Manipulation of host behavior by parasites and pathogens has been widely observed, but the basis for these behaviors has remained elusive. Gypsy moths infected by a baculovirus climb to the top of trees to die, liquefy, and “rain” virus on the foliage below to infect new hosts. The viral gene that manipulates climbing behavior of the host was identified, providing evidence of a genetic basis for the extended phenotype.

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