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Why are some people bitten more than others?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11756041     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Much progress has been made in describing how it is, in a mechanistic sense, that some vertebrate hosts (species or individuals) are bitten more than others, principally because of their odour or appearance. Little attention has been paid to why, in an evolutionary sense, these particular animals are bitten. Irrespective of the proximate mechanisms of host choice, there must be an intense selection pressure on insects to feed on those hosts that are most amenable to being bitten. We should be better able to predict host choice by understanding the evolutionary processes at work.
D W Kelly
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Trends in parasitology     Volume:  17     ISSN:  1471-4922     ISO Abbreviation:  Trends Parasitol.     Publication Date:  2001 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-12-28     Completed Date:  2002-05-03     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100966034     Medline TA:  Trends Parasitol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  578-81     Citation Subset:  IM    
Insect Behaviour and Sensory Ecology Group, Dept of Zoology, Oxford University, South Parks Road, OX1 3PS, Oxford, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Environmental Exposure
Feeding Behavior
Host-Parasite Interactions
Insect Bites and Stings / parasitology*
Insect Vectors / physiology*
Insects / physiology*

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