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Cell Host Microbe. 2013 Jul 17;14(1):1-3. doi: 10.1016/j.chom.2013.07.001.

The give and take of host-microbe symbioses.

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  • 1Department of Biology, Emory University, O. Wayne Rollins Research Center, 1510 Clifton Road Northeast, Atlanta, GA, 30322, USA. Electronic address:


Studying the association between mealybugs and two bacterial symbionts, Husnik et al. (2013) demonstrated that both integration of metabolic pathways across the partners' genomes and horizontal gene transfer from diverse bacteria into the insect host genome are integral to symbiosis.

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