Evolutionary Parasitology: The Integrated Study Of Infections, Immunology, Ecology, And Genetics by Paul Schmid-HempelEvolutionary Parasitology: The Integrated Study Of Infections, Immunology, Ecology, And Genetics by Paul Schmid-Hempel

Evolutionary Parasitology: The Integrated Study Of Infections, Immunology, Ecology, And Genetics

byPaul Schmid-Hempel

Paperback | March 24, 2011

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Parasites are everywhere. And they affect almost every aspect imaginable in the life of their hosts. Parasites influence host physiology, behaviour, life histories, and the structure of entire ecosystems. To cope with these constant threats, the host's immune system has evolved to become oneof the most complex organs known. But parasites, too, have found their own ways to overcome defences and to manipulate their hosts for their own interests. As a result, hosts and parasite are constantly forced to adapt to one another, sometimes very rapidly, sometimes changes occur only over eons.But this struggle always has far reaching consequences for the biology of both parties. For the first time, this book gives a comprehensive overview over the many facets of host-parasite interactions, from the molecular bases to individual strategies and to the ecological and evolutionary consequences. It is informed by the progress in our understanding that has occurred over the pastdecades. No longer do we view well-adapted parasites to become harmless but, quite to the contrary, parasite virulence is, determined, both, by the processes that lead to harm and by the evolutionary costs and benefits of this damage. Similarly, parasitism is no longer regarded as being inevitablybad, rather it can be a major factor maintaining diversity in populations and communities, selecting for beautiful plumages of birds, or making us more social. Evolutionary Parasitology deals with a wide range of topics, from immunology, genetics, sexual selection, to population dynamics, ecologyand co-evolution. Readers from different fields and with different backgrounds will find a rich source to meet their interests and to expand their insights into neighbouring disciplines.
Paul Schmid-Hempel studied biology at the University of Zurich and in 1982 he received his PhD on the ecology of the Sahara Desert ant. He went on to do post-doctoral work at Oxford University (1982-1984) where he worked on an analysis of optimal strategies of animals. He then moved to the Zoological Institute of the University of Bas...
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Title:Evolutionary Parasitology: The Integrated Study Of Infections, Immunology, Ecology, And GeneticsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pagesPublished:March 24, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:019922949X

ISBN - 13:9780199229499

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Table of Contents

Foreword1. Parasites and Humans2. The Study of Evolutionary Parasitology3. The Diversity and Natural History of Parasites4. The Natural History of Defences5. Ecological Immunology6. Parasites, Immunity, and Sexual Selection7. Specificity8. Parasite Immune Evasion and Manipulation of Host Phenotype9. Infection and Pathogenesis10. Host-Parasite Genetics11. Epidemiology12. Virulence13. Host-Parasite (Co-)Evolution14. Parasites and Host EcologyGlossaryImmunological AcronymsReferencesIndex