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[NewScientist] Evolutionary tug of war inside sweet-potato whitefly

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Trouble could be brewing in the sweet-potato fields of the south-western US. In just six years a bacterium has infected nearly the entire population of a pest that devastated crops in the 1980s and 90s – and the microbe messes with the pest's sex life to help them both spread further.

Infected whiteflies – not true flies but aphid-like pests – produce nearly twice as many offspring as uninfected ones. That's a big problem, because the pest costs millions of dollars in crop damage worldwide.
http://www.newscientist.com/article/...-whitefly.html
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That's bizarre. And kinda nifty, unless you are a potato farmer, which I am not.
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Infect me!
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it's amazing to me that insects can evolve so fast
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Amazing the symbiotic relationship. DOUBLE the offspring if infected?
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ALIENS!
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Good thing that doesn't happen to humans...
Edited by [\/]Paris - 4/9/11 at 10:38am
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Pokérus, I CHOOSE YOU
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Originally Posted by [\\/]Paris View Post
Good thing that doesn't happen to humans...
Yes it has, stupid people have been breeding more and having more offspring. The human race is doomed. Technology has stopped natural selection and people whe shouldnt live long are living longer and breeding more!!!
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Originally Posted by ounderfla69 View Post
Yes it has, stupid people have been breeding more and having more offspring. The human race is doomed. Technology has stopped natural selection and people whe shouldnt live long are living longer and breeding more!!!
Well That's what genetic engineering is for silly!
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