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This virus may have stolen deadly DNA from black widow spiders

Shared by Radhika Narayanan | 480 0 17 | about 9 months ago

There once was a virus that swallowed a spider. Or a few spider genes, anyway. Researchers studying WO, a virus that infects a bacteria found in most spiders and insects, found a surprising collection of animal-like snippets in the virus’s DNA. This spider-bacteria-virus-spider turducken was reported Tuesday in Nature Communications.

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