1. A Massive Expansion of Effector Genes Underlies Gall-Formation in the Wheat Pest Mayetiola destructor.

    Current Biology 25(5):613 (2015) PMID 25660540

    Gall-forming arthropods are highly specialized herbivores that, in combination with their hosts, produce extended phenotypes with unique morphologies [1]. Many are economically important, and others have improved our understanding of ecology and adaptive radiation [2]. However, the mechanisms th...
  2. Rapid genome assembly and comparison decode intrastrain variation in human alphaherpesviruses.

    mBio 6(2) (2015) PMID 25827418 PMCID PMC4453532

    Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is a widespread pathogen that causes epithelial lesions with recurrent disease that manifests over a lifetime. The lifelong aspect of infection results from latent viral infection of neurons, a reservoir from which the virus reactivates periodically. Recent work has de...
  3. A Massive Expansion of Effector Genes Underlies Gall-Formation in the Wheat Pest Mayetiola destructor

    Current Biology (2014)

    • The plant galling Mayetiola destructor genome is replete with effector genes • The SSGP-71 effector gene family is the largest known arthropod gene family. ...
  4. Genome Sequence of the Anterograde-Spread-Defective Herpes Simplex Virus 1 Strain MacIntyre.

    Genome Announcements 2(6) (2014) PMID 25395637 PMCID PMC4241663

    We used paired-end Illumina deep sequencing and de novo assembly to determine the genome sequence of herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) strain MacIntyre (aka McIntyre). The MacIntyre strain originated from the brain of a patient with lethal HSV encephalitis and has a unique limitation in its neurona...
  5. Genome Sequence of the Anterograde-Spread-Defective Herpes Simplex Virus 1 Strain MacIntyre.

    Genome Announcements 2(6) (2014) PMID 25395637

    We used paired-end Illumina deep sequencing and de novo assembly to determine the genome sequence of herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) strain MacIntyre (aka McIntyre). The MacIntyre strain originated from the brain of a patient with lethal HSV encephalitis and has a unique limitation in its neurona...
  6. A genome-wide survey of small interfering RNA and microRNA pathway genes in a galling insect.

    Journal of Insect Physiology 59(3):367 (2013) PMID 23232437

    Deployment of resistance (R) genes is the most effective control for Hessian fly, Mayetiola destructor (Say); however, deployment of R genes results in an increased frequency of pest genotypes that display virulence to them. RNA interference (RNAi) is a useful reverse genetics tool for studying ...
  7. A genome-wide survey of small interfering RNA and microRNA pathway genes in a galling insect

    Journal of Insect Physiology 59(3):367 (2013)

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