The evolution of molecular mimicry in parasites: a mathematical model

Amy Hurford


Parasite strains that are molecular mim¬ics are more likely to evade the immune system. When parasites evade a host’s the im¬mune system, their numbers grow, and these parasites are readily spread to new hosts. But, if molecular mimics are more transmissible, why is molecular mimicry then not more com-mon?

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