The deadly virus with SPIDER DNA: Microbe steals poison genes from black widows to attack its prey

Small, black and red and highly venomous, the thought of a black widow nearby is enough to make most people break out in a cold sweat.
But the fearsome reputation could be shared by something invisible to the naked eye.
Scientists in Tennessee have uncovered a virus containing the same toxin used by the deadly spider to kill its prey.
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HOW THE VIRUS 'BREAKS INTO' CELLS A team at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee found that the virus, a type of bacteria-targeting virus called a phage, had a patchwork of animal and other DNA in its genome.
Among these 'alien' genes was... read more

13 October 2016 in Science &Technology, Views: 31
Source: Daily Mail

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