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Infection of mosquitoes by a particular bacterium has a fiendishly complicated influence on the success or failure of mosquito breeding. A window now opens on the molecular basis of this ‘cytoplasmic incompatibility’.

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Figure 1: Types of cytoplasmic incompatibility (CI).

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Hoffmann, A. Incompatible mosquitoes. Nature 436, 189 (2005) doi:10.1038/436189a

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