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Immune function keeps endosymbionts under control

Stuart Reynolds1* and Jens Rolff2

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1 Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY, UK

2 Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN, UK

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Journal of Biology 2008, 7:28  doi:10.1186/jbiol88

Published: 16 October 2008


How does an animal host prevent intracellular symbionts getting out of hand? A new paper in BMC Biology provides evidence that the mutualism between a beetle and its bacterial endosymbiont could be mediated through the expression of host immune genes.