In this unit, we will take a look at infectious disease evolution, its relation to control measures and also take a quick glance at emerging infectious diseases and virulence evolution.
Read the chapters Evolutionary Dynamics Introduction, Evolution and Control and Emerging Infectious Diseases in IDEMAB. They are not very long and some are still a bit rough, but hopefully readable (as always, contributions/improvements are welcome.) Optionally, also read the (currently very short) Virulence chapter.
The following videos discuss some aspects of pathogen evolution.
The following video shows drug resistance evolution in action in a very clever experimental system. More details on the experiment can be found in this article published in Science.
In this video, Andrew Read provides a more detailed discussion how drug treatment and evolution interact to lead to resistance, and what we can do to minimize the problem
This short video, which is part of a TEDEd lesson, discusses evolution of drug resistance in a very easy to understand way. This video is optional.