The evolution and diversity of kinetoplastid flagellates.

  title={The evolution and diversity of kinetoplastid flagellates.},
  author={Alastair G B Simpson and Jamie R Stevens and Julius Luke{\vs}},
  journal={Trends in parasitology},
  volume={22 4},
Five years ago, little was known about kinetoplastid evolution. Recent improvements in the taxon sampling for nuclear rRNA genes and several protein markers have transformed this understanding. Parasitism evolved at least four times in kinetoplastids. Obligate parasitic trypanosomatids are a relatively 'derived' group within kinetoplastids; their closest relative is likely to be the free-living Bodo saltans, and the ancestral trypanosomatids were probably parasites of insects. Although subject… CONTINUE READING
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