Ecological and evolutionary dynamics of multi-strain RNA viruses

Dennis N. Makau, Samantha Lycett, Matthew Michalska-Smith, Igor A D Paploski, Maxim C-J Cheeran, Meggan E. Craft, Rowland Kao, Declan C. Schroeder , Andrea Wilson, Kimberly VanderWaal*

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Potential interactions amongst co-circulating viral strains in host populations are often overlooked in the study of virus transmission. However, these interactions likely shape transmission dynamics by influencing host immune responses or altering the relative fitness amongst co-circulating strains. In this Review, we describe multi-strain dynamics from ecological and evolutionary perspectives, outline scales in which multi-strain dynamics occur, and summarize important immunological, phylogenetic, and mathematical modeling approaches used to quantify interactions amongst strains. We also discuss how host-pathogen interactions influence the co-circulation of pathogens. Finally, we highlight outstanding questions and knowledge gaps in the current theory and study of ecological and evolutionary dynamics of multi strain viruses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1414-1422
JournalNature Ecology & Evolution
Early online date22 Sept 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2022


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