Social evolution in viruses
- April 22 (Wed) at 10:00 - 10:45, 2020 (JST)
- Mr. Asher Leeks (International Program Associate, iTHEMS / Ph.D. Student, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK)
- via Zoom
Viruses are normally thought of as solitary organisms. However, in reality viruses often interact with one another, and these interactions can have important consequences for how viruses evolve and cause disease. In this talk, I will show how simple models of virus-virus interactions can help us to understand some puzzling aspects of virus biology. At the end, I will also talk about a new modelling project on Covid-19 joint with Ryosuke, which considers how human actions such as social distancing could influence the evolution of virulence.