Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Lichty's Polydnavirus infection

At a recent oncolytic virus conference in Arizona I drank a beer (or two) with Dr. Brian Lichy from McMaster University. He was pretty excited about a pretty strange group of viruses known as polydnaviruses. These guys have a pretty interesting life cycle and are required for reproduction in some endoparasitic wasps, essentially becoming part of the wasp.