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RNA viruses provide unique insights into the patterns and processes of evolutionary change in real time. The study of viral evolution is especially topical given the growing awareness that emerging and re-emerging diseases (most of which are caused by RNA viruses) represent a major threat to public health. However, while the study of viral evolution has developed rapidly in the last 30 years, relatively little attention has been directed toward linking work on the mechanisms of viral evolution within cells or individual hosts, to the epidemiological outcomes of these processes. This novel book fills this gap by considering the patterns and processes of viral evolution across their entire range of spatial and temporal scales.
The Evolution and Emergence of RNA Viruses provides a comprehensive overview of RNA virus evolution, with a particular focus on genomic and phylogenetic approaches. This is the first book to link mechanisms of viral evolution with disease dynamics, using high-profile examples in emergence and evolution such as influenza, HIV, dengue fever, and rabies. It also reveals the underlying evolutionary processes by which emerging viruses cross species boundaries and spread in new hosts.
1. Introduction; 2. The Origins of RNA Viruses; 3. The Mechanisms of RNA Virus Evolution; 4. The RNA Virus Quasispecies; 5. Comparative Genomics and the Macroevolution of RNA Viruses; 6. The Molecular Epidemiology, Phylogeography and Emergence of RNA Viruses; 7. Case Studies in RNA Virus Evolution and Emergence; 8. Epilogue; References; Index
The aim of the Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution is to stimulate ideas in new research fields, and The Evolution and Emergence of RNA viruses is an excellent addition to this series. Robert Belshaw, Trends in Ecology and Evolution