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Name: Brooke
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I am doing a report on Fruit flies for my AP Biology class and my teacher put a sort of E. Coli virus in our vials to see if it would mutate our population of flies. So I need to know the life cycle of E. Coli and the stages it goes through and what it would do to our flies.

E. coli is a bacterium not a virus. It is a bacterium that lives in the colon or large intestine hence its name. I have no idea if it can infect the fruit fly or cause a disease or symptoms in them.

Van Hoeck

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