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Population Genetics, Linguistics, and Culture History in the Southwest Pacific$
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Jonathan S. Friedlaender

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195300307

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300307.001.0001

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Viral Phylogeny and Human Migration in the Southwest Pacific

Viral Phylogeny and Human Migration in the Southwest Pacific

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(p.171) 11 Viral Phylogeny and Human Migration in the Southwest Pacific
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Population Genetics, Linguistics, and Culture History in the Southwest Pacific
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Jill Czarnecki

Jonathan S. Friedlaender

Gerald Stoner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300307.003.0011

Viruses are providing additional insights into human contacts throughout the region. This is particularly true for viruses that infect many people, have low rates of re-infection, and remain in the host for decades, if not lifetimes without causing major illness. This chapter focuss on the JC Virus, which is primarily spread within families and apparently remains in the host for a lifetime — mimicking human genes in this regard. Viruses seem to be most informative concerning more recent contacts among human populations, although this certainly varies widely.

Keywords:   viruses, JC Virus, low rate of re-infection, human as host, population contacts

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