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Life in cells, hosts, and vectors: Parasite evolution across scales.

Mideo, Nicole, Acosta Serrano, Alvaro ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2576-7959, Aebischer, Toni, Brown, Mark J F, Fenton, Andy, Friman, Ville-Petri, Restif, Olivier, Reece, Sarah E, Webster, Joanne P and Brown, Sam P (2013) 'Life in cells, hosts, and vectors: Parasite evolution across scales.'. Infection, genetics and evolution : journal of molecular epidemiology and evolutionary genetics in infectious diseases, Vol 13, pp. 344-347.

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Abstract

Parasite evolution is increasingly being recognized as one of the most important issues in applied evolutionary biology. Understanding how parasites maximize fitness whilst facing the diverse challenges of living in cells, hosts, and vectors, is central to disease control and offers a novel testing ground for evolutionary theory. The Centre for Immunity, Infection, and Evolution at the University of Edinburgh recently held a symposium to address the question "How do parasites maximise fitness across a range of biological scales?" The symposium brought together researchers whose work looks across scales and environments to understand why and how parasites 'do what they do', tying together mechanism, evolutionary explanations, and public health implications. With a broad range of speakers, our aim was to define and encourage more holistic approaches to studying parasite evolution. Here, we present a synthesis of the current state of affairs in parasite evolution, the research presented at the symposium, and insights gained through our discussions. We demonstrate that such interdisciplinary approaches are possible and identify key areas for future progress.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Disease; Virulence; Transmission; Selection; Within-host; Between-host
Subjects: QW Microbiology and Immunology > Immune Responses > QW 700 Infection. Mechanisms of infection and resistance.
QX Parasitology > QX 20 Research (General)
QX Parasitology > QX 45 Host-parasite relations
QZ Pathology > Manifestations of Disease > QZ 140 General manifestations of disease
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 695 Parasitic diseases (General)
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 755.1 General coverage
Faculty: Department: Biological Sciences > Department of Tropical Disease Biology
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1016/j.meegid.2012.03.016,
Depositing User: Mary Creegan
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2013 11:09
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2019 15:29
URI: https://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/3047

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