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Parasite resistance and the adaptive significance of sleep

Brian T Preston1*, Isabella Capellini2, Patrick McNamara3, Robert A Barton2 and Charles L Nunn14

Author Affiliations

1 Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Deutscher Platz 6, 04103, Leipzig, Germany

2 Evolutionary Anthropology Research Group, Department of Anthropology, Durham University, DH1 3HN, UK

3 Department of Neurology, Boston VA Medical Centre and Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA 02130, USA

4 Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA

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BMC Evolutionary Biology 2009, 9:7  doi:10.1186/1471-2148-9-7

Published: 9 January 2009

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Additional file 1:

Data on sleep, immunity and infection. Species specific values for the time spent in sleep and its different states, the number of white blood cells in peripheral blood, and the degree of parasitism.

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Additional file 2:

Statistical analyses with alternate data restrictions. Alternate analyses in which the relationship between sleep and parasitism is restricted to EEG studies, and in which the relationship between sleep and immune defence does not control for activity period.

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