How a complex life cycle can improve a parasite's sex life.

@article{Rauch2005HowAC,
  title={How a complex life cycle can improve a parasite's sex life.},
  author={Gisep Rauch and Martin Kalbe and Thorsten B. Reusch},
  journal={Journal of evolutionary biology},
  year={2005},
  volume={18 4},
  pages={
          1069-75
        }
}
How complex life cycles of parasites are maintained is still a fascinating and unresolved topic. Complex life cycles using three host species, free-living stages, asexual and sexual reproduction are widespread in parasitic helminths. For such life cycles, we propose here that maintaining a second intermediate host in the life cycle can be advantageous for the individual parasite to increase the intermixture of different clones and therefore decrease the risk of matings between genetically… CONTINUE READING
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