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Data from: A gene for an extended phenotype


Hoover, Kelli et al. (2011), Data from: A gene for an extended phenotype, Dryad, Dataset,


Manipulation of host behavior by parasites and pathogens has been widely observed but the basis for these behaviors has remained elusive. Gypsy moths infected by a baculovirus climb to the top of trees to die, liquefy, and “rain” virus on the foliage below to infect new hosts. The viral gene that manipulates climbing behavior of the host was identified, providing evidence of a genetic basis for the extended phenotype.

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Northeastern United States