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Recent studies that compare experimental vector-borne disease systems incorporating elements of natural pathogen-vector-host interactions with model systems using unnatural associations have highlighted quantitative, and even qualitative, differences in the results. Here, Sarah Randolph and Pat Nuttall argue that the use of mathematical models to explore epidemiological processes and patterns depends on accurate parameter values obtained from natural systems.


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Parasitol Today

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458 - 462