A tiny virus that may sting like a black widow spider. That is one of the surprise discoveries made by a pair of Vanderbilt biologists when they sequenced the genome of a virus that attacks Wolbachia, a bacterial parasite that has successfully infected not only black widow spiders but more than half of all arthropod species, which include insects, spiders and crustaceans.
A group researchers has demonstrated the use of an innovative DNA engineering technique to discover potentially valuable functions hidden within bacterial genomes.
Scientists have found some funky DNA lurking inside a virus that infects bacteria. In addition to its own genes, the virus holds genetic material from black widow spiders and other animals.
Biotechnologists have discovered the one combination we wanted least: a virus that started making the toxin from black widow spider venom, all by itself.
(PLOS) A modified form of the HIV-1 virus can integrate into the genome of the parasitic flatworm that causes the disease schistosomiasis, according to a new study published in PLOS Pathogens. This finding could aid research not onl...