The evolution of infectious agents in relation to sex in animals and humans: Brief discussions of some individual organisms

David L. Reed, Russell W. Currier, Shelley F. Walton, Melissa Conrad, Steven A. Sullivan, Jane M. Carlton, Timothy D. Read, Alberto Severini, Shaun Tyler, R. Eberle, Welkin E. Johnson, Guido Silvestri, Ian N. Clarke, Teresa Lagergård, Sheila A. Lukehart, Magnus Unemo, William M. Shafer, R. Palmer Beasley, Tomas Bergström, Peter NorbergAndrew J. Davison, Paul M. Sharp, Beatrice H. Hahn, Jonas Blomberg

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Abstract

The following series of concise summaries addresses the evolution of infectious agents in relation to sex in animals and humans from the perspective of three specific questions: (1) what have we learned about the likely origin and phylogeny, up to the establishment of the infectious agent in the genital econiche, including the relative frequency of its sexual transmission; (2) what further research is needed to provide additional knowledge on some of these evolutionary aspects; and (3) what evolutionary considerations might aid in providing novel approaches to the more practical clinical and public health issues facing us currently and in the future?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)74-107
Number of pages34
JournalAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Volume1230
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2011

Keywords

  • Econiche
  • Evolution
  • Infectious agents
  • Sexual transmission

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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