Digest: Little evidence exists for a virulence-transmission trade-off

Tobias E. Hector, Isobel Booksmythe

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Research predicting the impact and spread of infectious disease has been heavily influenced by the idea of an evolutionary trade-off between a pathogen's virulence and its transmission rate. In a meta-analysis of the key underlying relationships, Acevedo et al. (2019) highlight the surprising lack of empirical evidence for this influential hypothesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)858-859
Number of pages2
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019

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