Gene genealogies, cryptic species, and molecular evolution in the human pathogen Coccidioides immitis and relatives (Ascomycota, Onygenales).

@article{Koufopanou2001GeneGC,
  title={Gene genealogies, cryptic species, and molecular evolution in the human pathogen Coccidioides immitis and relatives (Ascomycota, Onygenales).},
  author={Vassiliki Koufopanou and Austin Burt and Tim Szaro and John W Taylor},
  journal={Molecular biology and evolution},
  year={2001},
  volume={18 7},
  pages={1246-58}
}
Previous genealogical analyses of population structure in Coccidioides immitis revealed the presence of two cryptic and sexual species in this pathogenic fungus but did not clarify their origin and relationships with respect to other taxa. By combining the C. immitis data with those of two of its closest relatives, the free-living saprophytes Auxarthron zuffianum and Uncinocarpus reesii, we show that the C. immitis species complex is monophyletic, indicating a single origin of pathogenicity… CONTINUE READING

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