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Sashoya S. Dougan, Alexis Winters, Dr. Anthony J. Geneva (faculty)


  • Adenoviruses (AdV): DNA viruses that infect virtually all vertebrate species
  • Adenoviruses that infect reptiles and can cause severe symptoms and death, little is known in wild populations
  • Most Adenoviruses are thought to co-evolve with hosts
    • Anolis lizards on Staniel Cay in the Bahamas were found to be infected with a strain more similar to mammal AdVs
    • Suggests horizontal transmission of viruses between hosts
  • We performed laboratory and bioinformatic analyses to test the hypothesis that AdV is host-specific in anoles

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