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From the field to the laboratory, investigating the effects of Deformed wing virus on honey bee health (University of St Andrews, 2022-06-15) - ThesisVarroa destructor is an ectoparasitic mite associated with significant losses of honey bee colonies globally. The mite vectors a range of pathogenic viruses, most notably Deformed wing virus (DWV). DWV is transmitted orally ...
(University of St Andrews, 2022-06-15) - ThesisNatural selection explains both how and why biological organisms appear well adapted to their environments. Some of the most successful tests of our understanding of adaptation have focused on two phenomena: trade-offs, ...
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A genome wide screening approach for investigating the interplay between host defence and parainfluenza viruses (2023-11-28) - ThesisViruses are obligate intracellular pathogens, so virus-host interactions are crucial to their infectivity. A successful infection is a trade-off between the virus’s utilisation of host dependency factors that permit virus ...
(2023-11-28) - ThesisCRISPR is originally discovered as an adaptive immune system in prokaryotes. It has been widely repurposed for application in different microbiological fields attributed to its ability to target DNA or RNA in a sequence-specific ...