Data from: A gene associated with social immunity in the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides

William Palmer, Ana Duarte, Matthew Schrader, Jonathan Day, Rebecca Kilner, Francis Jiggins, Jonathan P. Day, Francis M. Jiggins & William J. Palmer
Some group-living species exhibit social immunity, where the immune response of one individual can protect others in the group from infection. In burying beetles this is part of parental care. Larvae feed on vertebrate carcasses which their parents smear with exudates that inhibit microbial growth. We have sequenced the transcriptome of the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides and identified six genes that encode lysozymes – a type of antimicrobial enzyme that has previously been implicated in...
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