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Title: The Evolutionary Origin of Diversity in Chagas Disease Vectors
Authors: Justi, Silvia A.
Galvão, Cleber
Affilliation: University of Vermont. College of Arts and Sciences. Department of Biology. Burlington, VT, USA.
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Instituto Oswaldo Cruz. Laboratório de Nacional e Internacional de Referência em Taxonomia de Triatomíneos. Rio de Janeiro, RJ. Brasil.
Abstract: Chagas disease is amongst the ten most important neglected tropical diseases but knowledge on the diversification of its vectors, Triatominae (Hemiptera: Reduviidae), is very scarce. Most Triatominae species occur in the Americas, and are all considered potential vectors. Despite its amazing ecological vignette, there are remarkably few evolutionary studies of the whole subfamily, and only one genome sequence has been published. The young age of the subfamily, coupled with the high number of independent lineages, are intriguing, yet the lack of genome-wide data makes it a challenge to infer the phylogenetic relationships within Triatominae. Here we synthesize what is known, and suggest the next steps towards a better understanding of how this important group of disease vectors came to be.
Keywords: Chagas Disease
keywords: Doença de Chagas
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: JUSTI, Silvia A.; GALVÃO, Cleber. The Evolutionary Origin of Diversity in Chagas Disease Vectors. Trends in Parasitology, v.33, n.1, p.42-52, Jan. 2017.
DOI: 10.1016/
ISSN: 1471-4922
Copyright: restricted access
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