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Mosquito mortality and the evolution of malaria virulence.

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Several laboratory studies of malaria parasites (Plasmodium sp.) and some field observations suggest that parasite virulence, defined as the harm a parasite causes to its vertebrate host, is positively correlated with transmission. Given this advantage, what limits the continual evolution of higher parasite virulence? One possibility is that while more virulent strains are more infectious, they are also more lethal to mosquitoes. In this study, we tested whether the virulence of the rodent ma...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
NDM
Sub department:
Tropical Medicine
Role:
Author
Journal:
Evolution; international journal of organic evolution
Volume:
57
Issue:
12
Pages:
2792-2804
Publication date:
2003-12-01
DOI:
EISSN:
1558-5646
ISSN:
0014-3820
Source identifiers:
90487
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
pubs:90487
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uuid:fd76242c-07ab-49d7-8fd7-3cb801509f1c
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pubs:90487
Deposit date:
2012-12-19

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