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Parasite Variation: Volume 125 : Immunological and Ecological Significance - Mark E. Viney

Parasite Variation: Volume 125

Immunological and Ecological Significance

Paperback Published: 3rd July 2003
ISBN: 9780521536035
Number Of Pages: 90

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All organisms vary genetically and phenotypically. This variation affects where they live and how they interact with their environment. Parasites are no different, except only in that their habitat includes other organisms as a significant part. Parasite variation can thus have large effects - in terms of disease and fitness - on their hosts (and the converse) leading to the generation of selection pressures on both parasite and host. The effects of host variation are known in some cases, but do not account for all of the variance in disease severity, for example. The papers in this volume consider parasitic variation in relation to environmental significance. A common theme highlights the importance of obtaining data about the ecological and immunological significance of parasitic variation, and not simply relying on a single strain of organisms. The complexities of the real world should be exploited to maximise our future strategies to combat disease.

Preface
Measuring immune selection
A perspective on clonal phenotypic (antigenic) variation in protozoan parasites
Variation and polymorphism in helminth parasites
Variation in immunity to intestinal worms
Schistosome genetic diversity: the implications of population structures detected by microsatellite markers
The epidemiological consequences of optimisation of the individual host immune response
Costs of resistance in insect-parasite and insect-parasitoid interactions
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ISBN: 9780521536035
ISBN-10: 0521536030
Series: Parasitology
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 90
Published: 3rd July 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 0.7  x 29.8
Weight (kg): 0.36

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