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Sixty seconds on . . . Wolbachia

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5847 (Published 01 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5847
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. The BMJ

Wol-what-ia?

Wolbachia is a genus of bacteria that occurs in 60% of insects worldwide. You may never have heard of it before, but it’s the commonest parasitic microbe in the world. The reason it’s of particular interest at the moment is that Wolbachia species significantly reduce the ability of mosquitoes to replicate viruses such as Zika and …

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