NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A bacterial strain that infects Drosophila simulans — and uses reproduction manipulating tactics to alter sex-ratios in the fly — has a patchwork genome cobbled together from bits of DNA nabbed from their hosts and other bacteria, according to an international research team who sequenced the strain.

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