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Trends Ecol Evol. 1990 Oct;5(10):326-9. doi: 10.1016/0169-5347(90)90179-H.

Parasite-host coevolution.

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Catherine Toft is at the Dept of Zoology, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA; Andrew Kanter is at the Dept of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA.


Parasite-host coevolution can have many different endpoints, not simply the commensalism of 'conventional wisdom'. Empirical studies and mathematical models are elucidating the conditions under which parasite-host systems can coevolve to intermediate and high levels of parasite virulence - and when they can coevolve to commensalism and mutualism.

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