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      Kinetoplastid phylogenetics, with special reference to the evolution of parasitic trypanosomes

      Parasite

      EDP Sciences

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          To fully understand the evolutionary history of parasitic kinetoplastids and to understand the context within which the evolution of each parasite group has developed, an understanding not just of the parasites, but of all kinetoplastids is required. Accordingly, this paper provides an overview of kinetoplastid evolution and systematics, including coverage of the proposal by Moreira et al. (2004) to divide kinetoplasts into Prokinetoplastina (Ichthyobodo and Perkinsiella) and Metakinetoplastina (other bodonids and trypanosomatids). The implications of such a revision, with regard to correctly identifying outgroup taxa for studies of evolution within taxa of medical importance, are addressed, together with a more detailed review of the evolution and origins of the trypanosomes in the light of new phylogenies, new approaches and revisions in kinetoplastid systematics.

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          Parasite
          Parasite
          EDP Sciences
          1252-607X
          1776-1042
          September 2008
          September 2008
          : 15
          : 3
          : 226-232
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          10.1051/parasite/2008153226
          18814685
          © 2008

          This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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          Parasitology, Life sciences

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