Reconciling Pasteur and Darwin to control infectious diseases

Alizon, S. et Méthot, P.-O. (2018). Reconciling Pasteur and Darwin to control infectious diseases. PLoS Biology, 16(1).

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The continual emergence of new pathogens and the increased spread of antibiotic resistance in bacterial populations remind us that microbes are living entities that evolve at rates that impact public health interventions. Following the historical thread of the works of Pasteur and Darwin shows how reconciling clinical microbiology, ecology, and evolution can be instrumental to understanding pathology, developing new therapies, and prolonging the efficiency of existing ones.

Updated 23 July 2018 at 10 h 00 min.