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Title: Biological and biomedical implications of the co-evolution of pathogens and their hosts
Authors: Woolhouse, Mark EJ
Webster, Joanne P
Domingo, Esteban
Charlesworth, Brian
Levin, Bruce R
Issue Date: Dec-2002
Citation: Woolhouse MEJ, Webster JP, Domingo E, Charlesworth B, Levin BR, NATURE, 32 (4): 569-577 DEC 2002
Publisher: Nature Publishing
Abstract: Co-evolution between host and pathogen is, in principle, a powerful determinant of the biology and genetics of infection and disease. Yet co-evolution has proven difficult to demonstrate rigorously in practice, and co-evolutionary thinking is only just beginning to inform medical or veterinary research in any meaningful way, even though it can have a major influence on how genetic variation in biomedically important traits is interpreted. Improving our understanding of the biomedical significance of co-evolution will require changing the way in which we look for it, complementing the phenomenological approach traditionally favored by evolutionary biologists with the exploitation of the extensive data becoming available on the molecular biology and molecular genetics of host–pathogen interactions.
Keywords: Biological
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