The phylogenomics of evolving virus virulence


The phylogenomics of evolving virus virulence

The phylogenomics of evolving virus virulence, Published online: 10 October 2018; doi:10.1038/s41576-018-0055-5

The virulence of viruses is a major determinant of the health burden of viral infections in humans and other species. In this article, Geoghegan and Holmes discuss how largely disparate research fields — theoretical modelling of virulence evolution and experimental dissection of genetic virulence determinants in laboratory model systems — can be bridged by considering real genomic data of viral evolution in a phylogenetic context. They describe the underlying principles of virulence evolution and how they apply to real-world viral infections and outbreaks of global importance.

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