Characteristics of the symbiont/pathogen
What kind of microbe is it (eg Cell morphology, shape, phylogenetic classification)? Is its genome sequenced, and if so, how big is the genome? Ectromelia virus is a zoonotic viral disease that is caused by the dsDNA virus. It belongs to the Poxviridae family of the genus Orthopoxvirus and is of the species Vaccinia virus.
Characteristics of the host
What host/s is/are involved? Is there host specificity? Are there secondary reservoirs?
What kind of interaction do host and symbiont have? How is the host affected by the relationship? How does the host acquire and transmit the symbiont? Is the interaction obligate or facultative?
Molecular Insights into the Symbiosis
Describe molecular/genetic studies on the symbiosis.
Ecological and Evolutionary Aspects
What is the evolutionary history of the interaction? Do particular environmental factors play a role in regulating the symbiosis?
Describe two findings on the symbiosis published within the last two years.
[Sample reference] [ Seemanapalli SV, Xu Q, McShan K, Liang FT. 2010. Outer surface protein C is a dissemination-facilitating factor of Borrelia burgdorferi during mammalian infection. PLoS One 5:e15830.]
Edited by [Elizabeth Stanley], students of Grace Lim-Fong
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