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In Trends in ecology & evolution

Most efforts to predict novel reservoirs of zoonotic pathogens use information about host exposure and infection rather than competence, defined as the ability to transmit pathogens. Better obtaining and integrating competence data into statistical models as covariates, as the response variable, and through postmodel validation should improve predictive research.

Becker Daniel J, Seifert Stephanie N, Carlson Colin J


SARS-CoV-2, machine learning, vector-borne disease, within-host, zoonoses