Immune function keeps endosymbionts under control
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Journal of Biology 2008, 7:28 doi:10.1186/jbiol88Published: 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.