The topic of antigenic variation is important in both biology and medicine. It is of enormous interest, as it describes the process(es) whereby microorganisms 'shift shape', by genetic rearrangement or otherwise. In medical terms, this has a major impact on the infectious disease process, since the immune system has great difficulty in keeping up with this variation, and thus eliminating the infectious agent. Antigenic variation is a major method by which microbes evade the immune response, and persist in the body. The broad scope of the book appeals to all those working in the field of infectious disease, immunology of infection, pathogenesis, molecular biology and also to evolutionary biologists. Topics covered include not only bacterial species, and viruses such as influenza, HIV, Rotavirus, but also eukaryotic parasites - one of the most fascinating groups of organisms exhibiting this behaviour.
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An entire book devoted to antigenic variation, which is a major way by which microbes evade the immune response and persist in the body.About the Author:
Edited by Alister G. Craig and Artur Scherf
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Book Description Academic Press. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 468 pages. 9.45x6.30x1.18 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk012388456X