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The evolution of cheating in viruses

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The success of many viruses depends upon cooperative interactions between viral genomes. However, whenever cooperation occurs, there is the potential for ‘cheats’ to exploit that cooperation. We suggest that: (1) the biology of viruses makes viral cooperation particularly susceptible to cheating; (2) cheats are common across a wide range of viruses, including viral entities that are already well studied, such as defective interfering genomes, and satellite viruses. Consequently, the evolution...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1038/s41467-021-27293-6

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Zoology
Oxford college:
St John's College
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European Commission
Grant:
834164
Publisher:
Springer Nature
Journal:
Nature Communications More from this journal
Volume:
12
Article number:
6928
Publication date:
2021-11-26
Acceptance date:
2021-11-03
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2041-1723
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English
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1211852
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pubs:1211852
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2021-11-23

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