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Research Group: Virus Experimental Evolution

We investigate the ability of viruses to spread as groups (collective infectious units) and how this promotes the evolution of social interactions among viruses. For this, we use model viruses (vesicular stomatitis) as well as human (enteroviruses) and insect (baculoviruses) pathogens. Infecting hosts as groups may allow viruses to better counteract antiviral responses and may promote cooperation among different viral genetic variants, but may also favor the evolution of cheater viruses.

European Research Council

Start date: May / 2017.

End date: April / 2022.

Principal investigators:

Rafael Sanjuán

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Funding agencies:

European Research Council

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