Response to Comment on "The hologenomic basis of speciation: gut bacteria cause hybrid lethality in the genus Nasonia".

Brucker RM, Bordenstein SR
Science. 2014 345 (6200): 1011

PMID: 25170145 · DOI:10.1126/science.1256708

Chandler and Turelli postulate that intrinsic hybrid dysfunction underscores hybrid lethality in Nasonia. Although it is a suitable conception for examining hybrid incompatibilities, their account of the evidence is factually inaccurate and leaves out the evolutionary process for why lethality became conditional on nuclear-microbe interactions. Hybrid incompatibilities in the context of phylosymbiosis are resolved by hologenomic principles and exemplify this emerging postmodern synthesis.

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Animals Bacteria Gastrointestinal Tract Germ-Free Life Hymenoptera Symbiosis

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