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DISTINGUISHING CAUSES OF VIRULENCE EVOLUTION: REPLY TO ALIZON AND MICHALAKIS
Article first published online: 1 SEP 2011
© 2011 The Author(s). Evolution© 2011 The Society for the Study of Evolution.
Volume 65, Issue 12, pages 3639–3641, December 2011
How to Cite
smith, j. (2011), DISTINGUISHING CAUSES OF VIRULENCE EVOLUTION: REPLY TO ALIZON AND MICHALAKIS. Evolution, 65: 3639–3641. doi: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01428.x
- Issue published online: 1 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 1 SEP 2011
- Accepted manuscript online: 11 AUG 2011 07:43PM EST
- Received June 3, 2011, Accepted June 20, 2011
- Horizontal gene transfer;
- host-parasite evolution;
- selfish genetic elements;
- vertical transmission
In a recent study of the symbiosis between bacteria and plasmids, the available evidence suggests that experimental evolution of plasmid virulence was primarily driven by within-host competition caused by superinfection. The data do not exclude the possibility, however, that a trade-off between virulence and infectious transmission to uninfected bacteria also played a minor role.