Definitions

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  • noun Any large rod-shaped virus of the family Baculoviridae, including the granuloviruses and nucleopolyhedroviruses.

Etymologies

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baculo- +‎ virus, from Latin baculum ("rod").

Examples

  • When infected by a virus known as baculovirus, gypsy moth caterpillars mysteriously climb for the treetops.

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  • But the damage would be greater if it weren't for something called a baculovirus that can infect these caterpillars and cause them to engage in reckless, even suicidal behavior, scientists say.

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  • Niaid grantee Novavax Inc. is collaborating with General Electric Co. 's GE Healthcare to develop a pandemic-flu vaccine that harnesses baculovirus in caterpillar cells.

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  • Well, that's what happens if you're a gypsy moth caterpillar when you're infected by a baculovirus.

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  • Slavicek says knowing precisely how baculovirus overwhelms the gypsy moth could help scientists develop more potent strains of the virus.

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  • Caterpillars infected with baculovirus climb to the tops of trees, where they melt and drip the virus onto the foliage below.

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  • To test their hypothesis, the scientists infected some caterpillars with a baculovirus that carried the normal version of this gene and other caterpillars with a baculovirus carrying an inactivated version of the gene.

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  • Now a team of scientists thinks they have discovered how the baculovirus takes control of gypsy moth caterpillars.

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  • Science/AAAS Caterpillars infected with baculovirus climb to the tops of trees, where they melt and drip the virus onto the foliage below.

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  • But caterpillars abandon that sensible strategy when they're infected with a baculovirus, says Kelli Hoover, an entomologist at Pennsylvania State University and the paper's lead author.

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