"Science": Münster researchers find genetic material of parasitic bacteria in wasp genome

A Danaean gift is one which brings misfortune to the receiver. The most famous example is probably the Trojan horse, which the Greeks – or „Danaeans“ – used to bring about the fall of Troy. Such cunning is also known in the field of biology. While working on an international study, published in the latest issue of the prestigious journal of research, „Science“, researchers in Münster have turned up a surprise: jewel wasps carry a gene of the parasitic bacteria Wolbachia in their genetic make-up. The question the researchers are now asking is: Is this gene a Danaean gift?
Quelle: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft