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Biology of pathogenic microorganisms 

Biology of pathogenic microorganisms

Chapter:
Biology of pathogenic microorganisms
Author(s):

Duncan J. Maskell

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.070101_update_001

Update:

Influenza pandemic—minor impact because of relatively low virulence.

Whole genome sequencing of clinical isolates—likely impact on clinical practice illustrated by pneumococcus and MRSA.

Updated on 31 May 2012. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 22 August 2017

Microorganisms are present at most imaginable sites on the planet, and have evolved to occupy these ecological niches successfully. A host animal is simply another ecological niche to be occupied.

The ability to cause disease may in some cases be an accidental bystander event, or it may be the result of evolutionary processes that have led to specific mechanisms allowing the pathogen to exploit the rich source of nutrients present in the host, before moving on to another fresh host....

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