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Wolbachia, microtubules and River Blindness

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  • UserProfessor William Sullivan, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • ClockThursday 11 November 2021, 17:00-18:00
  • HouseZoom meeting.

If you have a question about this talk, please contact Caroline Newnham.

Hosts: Elves Duarte & Frank Jiggins

Wolbachia is a bacteria endosymbiont that has invaded hundreds of thousands of insect species as well as many nematode species. Its success is in large measure due to its efficient maternal transmission and ability to manipulate host reproduction and physiology which promotes its spread through uninfected populations. As a result of these and other properties, Wolbachia has emerged as a central player in global efforts to combat Dengue and the neglected tropical diseases African-river blindness and Lymphatic filariasis. I will describe the work in our lab, and many other labs, in uncovering and harnessing the fascinating molecular and cell biology of Wolbachia and its symbiotic relationship with insect and worm host species.

This talk is part of the Genetics Seminar series.

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