Parasite evolution

Parasite evolution refers to the heritable genetic changes that a parasite accumulates during its life time, which can arise from adaptations in response to environmental changes or the immune response of the host. Because of their short generation times and large population sizes, parasites can evolve rapidly.

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News and Comment

  • Research Highlights |

    Two new studies in Science survey diversity in malarial Plasmodium species, assessing genetic diversity across Africa, as well as transcriptomic diversity through the pathogen life cycle.

    • Darren J. Burgess
  • News and Views |

    Comparative genomics of all known Laverania species that infect African great apes reveals interspecies gene transfer and convergent evolution, and identifies features of Plasmodium falciparum, the only human-infective species within this subgenus, that may have led to its speciation and spread globally.

    • Jane M. Carlton
    Nature Microbiology 3, 642-643
  • News |

    This month's Genome Watch explores howin vitro directed evolution can be used to identify the target of a drug for the treatment of Chagas disease, which is caused by Trypanosoma cruzi.

    • Alena Pance