Journal article

Experimental Evolution in vivo to Identify Selective Pressures During Pneumococcal Colonization

Vaughn Cooper, Erin Honsa, Hannah Rowe, Christopher Deitrick, Amy Iverson, Jonathan Whittall, Stephanie Neville, Christopher McDevitt, Colin Kietzman, Jason Rosch

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory | Published : 2020


Experimental evolution is a powerful technique to understand how populations evolve from selective pressures imparted by the surrounding environment. With the advancement of whole-population genomic sequencing it is possible to identify and track multiple contending genotypes associated with adaptations to specific selective pressures. This approach has been used repeatedly with model species in vitro , but only rarely in vivo . Herein we report results of replicate experimentally evolved populations of Streptococcus pneumoniae propagated by repeated murine nasal colonization with the aim of identifying gene products under strong selection as well as the population-genetic dynamics of infect..

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