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Genetics and Evolution of Infectious Diseases, Second Edition, discusses the constantly evolving field of infectious diseases and their continued impact on the health of populations, especially in resource-limited areas of the world. Students in public health, biomedical professionals, clinicians, public health practitioners, and decisions-makers will find valuable information in this book that is relevant to the control and prevention of neglected and emerging worldwide diseases that are a major cause of global morbidity, disability, and mortality.
Although substantial gains have been made in public health interventions for the treatment, prevention, and control of infectious diseases during the last century, in recent decades the world has witnessed a worldwide human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) pandemic, increasing antimicrobial resistance, and the emergence of many new bacterial, fungal, parasitic, and viral pathogens.
The economic, social, and political burden of infectious diseases is most evident in developing countries which must confront the dual burden of death and disability due to infectious and chronic illnesses.
Takes an integrated approach to infectious diseases
Includes contributions from leading authorities
Provides the latest developments in the field of infectious disease
Researchers in infectious diseases, epidemiology, genetics and evolutionary biology and health professionals
List of Contributors
1. Recent Developments in the Definition and Official Names of Virus Species
2. The Logic of Hierarchical Virus Classification
3. Bionominalism: Are Species Classes or Individuals?
4. The Virus Species Problem
5. Properties Used for Defining Virus Species and Identifying Individual Viruses
6. A Virus Species Cannot Be Defined Solely by the Properties of Viral Genomes
7. The New ICTV Definition of Virus Species
8. Non-Latinized Binomial Names for Virus Species
2. A Theory-Based Pragmatism for Discovering and Classifying Newly Divergent Species of Bacterial Pathogens
2. Ecological Breadth of Recognized Species
3. The Stable Ecotype Model of Bacterial Speciation
4. Demarcating Putative Ecotypes From Sequence Data
5. Ecological Diversity Within Putative Ecotypes
6. Models of Frequent Speciation
7. Other Models Where Ecotypes Are Not Discernible as Sequence Clusters
8. Are Bacterial Ecotypes Cohesive?
9. Incorporating Ecology Into Bacterial Systematics
3. Population Structure of Pathogenic Bacteria
2. Recombination in Bacterial Populations
3. Evolutionary Processes Shape Intra- and Interhost Bacterial Population Structure
4. Genomic Analysis Tools for Studying Bacterial Population Structure
4. Epidemiology and Evolution of Fungal Pathogens in Plants and Animals
2. New and Emerging Mycoses
3. Plant Pathogenic Fungi
4. New and Emerging Plant Diseases
5. Modern Molecular Epidemiological Tools for Investigating Fungal Diseases
6. Population Genetics of Pathogenic Fungi
7. Genomics of Fungi: What Makes a Fungus Pathogenic?