Phylogeny and geography predict pathogen community similarity in wild primates and humans.

@article{Davies2008PhylogenyAG,
  title={Phylogeny and geography predict pathogen community similarity in wild primates and humans.},
  author={T. Jonathan Davies and Amy B. Pedersen},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2008},
  volume={275 1643},
  pages={1695-701}
}
In natural systems, host species are often co-infected by multiple pathogen species, and recent work has suggested that many pathogens can infect a wide range of host species. An important question therefore is what determines the host range of a pathogen and the community of pathogens found within a given host species. Using primates as a model, we show that infectious diseases are more often shared between species that are closely related and inhabit the same geographical region. We find that… CONTINUE READING