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Michael L. Arnold

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199539581

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199539581.001.0001

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Reticulate evolution of disease vectors and diseases

Reticulate evolution of disease vectors and diseases

(p.158) CHAPTER 8 Reticulate evolution of disease vectors and diseases
Reticulate Evolution and Humans

Michael L. Arnold

Oxford University Press

A goal shared by this chapter with all the other parts of this book is to emphasize the ubiquity of reticulate evolution as an agent of genetic and evolutionary change. Another goal, unique to the topic in this chapter, is to address the hypothesis that genetic exchange events have impacted greatly the evolutionary trajectory of organisms that parasitize and kill humans. The first of these goals is accomplished as this chapter is considered in the context of the previous seven. The second objective is obvious from the examples given. The organisms that make up the lion-share of the pathogens that maim and kill humans are represented in the examples discussed.

Keywords:   human diseases, genetic change, evolutionary change, genetic exchange events

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