Genetic diversity helps to limit infectious disease

Posted by on April 13, 2016 5:57 pm
Categories: health

The idea that host diversity can limit disease outbreaks is not new. For example, crop monocultures in agriculture — which lack genetic diversity — can suffer severe disease outbreaks that sweep through the entire population. But why is this? Genetic diversity helps to reduce the spread of diseases by limiting parasite evolution, new research shows.

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