Ancient co-speciation of simian foamy viruses and primates

  title={Ancient co-speciation of simian foamy viruses and primates},
  author={W. Switzer and M. Salemi and V. Shanmugam and F. Gao and M. Cong and C. Kuiken and V. Bhullar and B. Beer and D. Vallet and A. Gautier-hion and Z. Tooze and F. Villinger and E. Holmes and W. Heneine},
  • W. Switzer, M. Salemi, +11 authors W. Heneine
  • Published 2005
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Nature
  • Although parasite–host co-speciation is a long-held hypothesis, convincing evidence for long-term co-speciation remains elusive, largely because of small numbers of hosts and parasites studied and uncertainty over rates of evolutionary change. Co-speciation is especially rare in RNA viruses, in which cross-species transfer is the dominant mode of evolution. Simian foamy viruses (SFVs) are ubiquitous, non-pathogenic retroviruses that infect all primates. Here we test the co-speciation hypothesis… CONTINUE READING
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