About the Authors

Maria G. Domínguez-Bello

mgdbello@uprr.pr

Affiliation Department of Biology, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States of America

Maria E. Pérez

Affiliation Department of Mathematics, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States of America

Maria C. Bortolini

Affiliation Department of Genetics, Universidade Federal Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Francisco M. Salzano

Affiliation Department of Genetics, Universidade Federal Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Luis R. Pericchi

Affiliation Department of Mathematics, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States of America

Orlisbeth Zambrano-Guzmán

Affiliation Bilingual Intercultural Department, Universidad Pedagogica Experimental Libertador, Puerto Ayacucho, Venezuela

Bodo Linz

Affiliation Department of Molecular Biology, Max-Planck-Institut für Infektionsbiologie, Berlin, Germany

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: MGDB. Performed the experiments: MGDB MEP BL. Analyzed the data: MGDB MEP MCB FMS LRP OZG BL. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: MGDB OZG BL. Wrote the paper: MGDB MEP. Contributed in writing the paper: MCB FMS BL.