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Pristionchus pacificus: an appropriate fondness for beetles

The nematode Pristionchus pacificus associates with one particular beetle and eats its rotting corpse. The report of the genome sequence of P. pacificus, the fifth nematode to be sequenced and a useful secondary nematode genetic model system, highlights genes that may have influenced the route to parasitism.

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Figure 1: The worm, the beetle, the consequence.

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Srinivasan, J., Sternberg, P. Pristionchus pacificus: an appropriate fondness for beetles. Nat Genet 40, 1146–1147 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1038/ng1008-1146

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