Parasite Evolution and Life History Theory
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As a group, parasites are extraordinarily diverse. Even closely related parasites may behave very differently, infecting different host species, causing different pathologies, or infecting different tissues. For example, Escherichia coli bacteria, a typically harmless inhabitant of the human gut, can, in different forms, cause diarrhea, intestinal bleeding, urinary tract infections, kidney bleeding, meningitis, and other diseases. Underlying this diversity is evolution.
Beth F. Kochin is with Emory University, James J. Bull is with UT Austin, Rustom Antia is with Emory University.
CitationKochin BF, Bull JJ, Antia R (2010) Parasite Evolution and Life History Theory. PLoS Biol 8(10): e1000524. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000524
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