Biology of pathogenic microorganisms

Duncan J. Maskell

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI:

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Biology of pathogenic microorganisms

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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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Subjects: Medical Microbiology and Virology ; Infectious Diseases

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