The Importance of the Refractile Body in Expression of the Killer Trait in Paramecium

  • Judith A. Dilts
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 40)


The refractile body found in and characteristic of Caedibacter spp. has for many years been implicated as an agent in expression of the killer trait in Paramecium biaurelia and Paramecium tetraurelia. Its role as an agent was recently confirmed by Dilts and Quackenbush (4).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Judith A. Dilts
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyWilliam Jewell CollegeLibertyUSA

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