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Sci China Life Sci. 2013 Aug;56(8):711-4. doi: 10.1007/s11427-013-4520-2. Epub 2013 Aug 7.

Newly discovered insect RNA viruses in China.

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State Key Laboratory of Virology, College of Life Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China.


Insects are a group of arthropods and the largest group of animals on Earth, with over one million species described to date. Like other life forms, insects suffer from viruses that cause disease and death. Viruses that are pathogenic to beneficial insects cause dramatic economic losses on agriculture. In contrast, viruses that are pathogenic to insect pests can be exploited as attractive biological control agents. All of these factors have led to an explosion in the amount of research into insect viruses in recent years, generating impressive quantities of information on the molecular and cellular biology of these viruses. Due to the wide variety of insect viruses, a better understanding of these viruses will expand our overall knowledge of their virology. Here, we review studies of several newly discovered RNA insect viruses in China.

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