New names for old strains? Wolbachia wSim is actually wRi

Inaki Iturbe-Ormaetxe, Markus Riegler, Scott Leslie O'Neill

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A recent paper published by Salzberg et al. [1] reports the discovery, assembly and comparative analysis of three partial Wolbachia endosymbiont genomes. These data were retrieved from the Trace Archive [2] from sequencing projects that were focused on the endosymbiont hosts - Drosophila simulans, D. ananassae and D. mojavensis - using the fully sequenced wMel Wolbachia genome [3] as a probe. Salzberg et al. refer to these partial genomes as belonging to Wolbachia strains wSim, wAna and wMoj respectively [1]. These strain names are new constructions and it appears that the annotated wSim genome sequence is essentially identical to the previously described wRi strain [4] and should be named accordingly.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 2
Number of pages2
JournalGenome Biology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

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