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Genes purloined from across the tree of life give insects a boost

Postman Butterfly (Heliconius melpomene) butterfly in captive breeding program, Colombia.

The postman butterfly (Heliconius melpomene) has a bacterial gene that spurs more intense male courtship of females. Credit: Thomas Marent/NPL

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Nature 607, 639 (2022)



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