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Infect Genet Evol. 2007 Jul;7(4):547-52. Epub 2007 Jan 26.

Experimental coevolution with bacteria and phage. The Pseudomonas fluorescens--Phi2 model system.

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School of Biological Sciences, Biosciences Building, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 7ZB, UK. michael.brockhurst@liv.ac.uk

Abstract

Parasites are ubiquitous in biological systems and antagonistic coevolution between hosts and parasites is thought be a major ecological and evolutionary force. Recent experiments using laboratory populations of bacteria and their parasitic viruses, phage, have provided the first direct empirical evidence of antagonistic coevolution in action. In this article we describe this model system and synthesise recent findings that address the causes and consequences of antagonistic coevolution.

PMID:
17320489
DOI:
10.1016/j.meegid.2007.01.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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