High diversity of West African bat malaria parasites and a tight link with rodent Plasmodium taxa.

@article{Schaer2013HighDO,
  title={High diversity of West African bat malaria parasites and a tight link with rodent Plasmodium taxa.},
  author={J. Schaer and Susan L. Perkins and Jan Decher and Fabian H Leendertz and Jakob Fahr and Natalie Weber and Kai Matuschewski},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2013},
  volume={110 43},
  pages={
          17415-9
        }
}
As the only volant mammals, bats are captivating for their high taxonomic diversity, for their vital roles in ecosystems--particularly as pollinators and insectivores--and, more recently, for their important roles in the maintenance and transmission of zoonotic viral diseases. Genome sequences have identified evidence for a striking expansion of and positive selection in gene families associated with immunity. Bats have also been known to be hosts of malaria parasites for over a century, and as… CONTINUE READING

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