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MIT Research Details Parasitic Battles
September 5, 2007
Scientists at MIT's department of civil and environmental engineering and the Technion have recorded the entire genomic expression of a host bacterium and infecting virus over the eight-hour course of infection. Their study leads them to speculate that the meeting between a marine bacterial host and its virus may be not just a battle between individuals, but an evolutionarily significant exchange that helps both species become more fit for life in the harsh ocean environment.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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