Data from: Using genetic relatedness to understand heterogeneous distributions of urban rat-associated pathogensKaylee Byers, Tom Booker, Matthew Combs, Chelsea Himsworth, Jason Munshi-South, David Patrick & Michael Whitlock
Urban Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) carry several pathogens transmissible to people. However, pathogen prevalence can vary across fine spatial scales (i.e., by city block). Using a population genomics approach, we sought to describe rat movement patterns across an urban landscape, and to evaluate whether these patterns align with pathogen distributions. We genotyped 605 rats from a single neighborhood in Vancouver, Canada and used 1,495 genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphisms to identify parent-offspring and sibling relationships using...
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