Within-Host Speciation of Malaria Parasites

  title={Within-Host Speciation of Malaria Parasites},
  author={Javier P{\'e}rez-Tris and Olof Hellgren and Asta Kri{\vz}anauskienė and Jonas Waldenstr{\"o}m and Jean Secondi and Camille Bonneaud and Jon Fjelds{\aa} and Dennis Hasselquist and Staffan Bensch},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
  pages={209 - 211}
BACKGROUND Sympatric speciation-the divergence of populations into new species in absence of geographic barriers to hybridization-is the most debated mode of diversification of life forms. Parasitic organisms are prominent models for sympatric speciation, because they may colonise new hosts within the same geographic area and diverge through host specialization. However, it has been argued that this mode of parasite divergence is not strict sympatric speciation, because host shifts likely cause… CONTINUE READING

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