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- Spottiswoode, Claire N.; Stryjewski, Katherine Faust; Quader, Suhel; Colebrook-Robjent, John F. R.; Sorenson, Michael D.
- Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2011 v.108 no.43 pp. 17738-17742
- Cuculidae, etc ; parasites; races; host strains; hosts; mitochondrial DNA; eggs; genes; genetic techniques and protocols; host specificity; reproductive isolation; chicks; Show all 12 Subjects
- ... Parasites that exploit multiple hosts often experience diversifying selection for host-specific adaptations. This can result in multiple strains of host specialists coexisting within a single parasitic species. A long-standing conundrum is how such sympatric host races can be maintained within a single parasitic species in the face of interbreeding among conspecifics specializing on different host ...
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