Interacting parasites

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Abstract

Parasitism is the most popular life-style on Earth, and many vertebrates host more than one kind of parasite at a time. A common assumption is that parasite species rarely interact, because they often exploit different tissues in a host, and this use of discrete resources limits competition (1). On page 243 of this issue, however, Telfer et al. (2) provide a convincing case of a highly interactive parasite community in voles, and show how infection with one parasite can affect susceptibility to others. If some human parasites are equally interactive, our current, disease-by-disease approach to modeling and treating infectious diseases is inadequate (3).

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Interacting parasites
Series title Science
Volume 330
Issue 6001
Year Published 2010
Language English
Publisher American Association for the Advancement of Science
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Contributing office(s) Western Ecological Research Center
Description 2 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Science
First page 187
Last page 188