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Description - Immunology and Evolution of Infectious Disease by Steven A. Frank

From HIV to influenza, the battle between infectious agents and the immune system is at the heart of disease. Knowledge of how and why parasites vary to escape recognition by the immune system is central to vaccine design, the control of epidemics and our fundamental understanding of parasite ecology and evolution. This text uses an evolutionary perspective to meld the terms and findings of molecular biology, immunology, pathogen biology and population dynamics. This multidisciplinary approach offers newcomers a readable introduction while giving specialists a guide to allied subjects. Every aspect of the immune response is presented in the functional context of parasite recognition and defence - an emphasis that gives structure to a large amount of data and brings into focus the complexity of immunology. The problems that end each chapter set the challenge for future research and the text includes extensive discussion of HIV, influenza, foot-and-mouth disease and many other pathogens.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691095950
ISBN-10: 0691095957
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 360
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Steven A. Frank

Steven A. Frank is Professor of Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine, and the author of "Foundations of Social Evolution" (Princeton).

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