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Table of Contents: March 2004

Endosymbiosis is an interdependent association between two species, in which one, typically microbial, partner lives within a host. Jonathan Eisen and colleagues describe the genome sequence of the endosymbiont Wolbachia pipientis, and discuss the insights that this provides into the ecology and evolution of endosymbiosis (see article). The cover shows a micrograph of Wolbachia (green) within a cell line isolated from the Asian tiger mosquito Aedes albopictus.

Image Credit: Cover image provided by Kelly Johnston and Mark Taylor, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

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