How evolution shapes virus diversity: lessons learned from mosquitoes and shrews


Wednesday, April 25 2012 - 12:00 pm, PDT
Shannon Benett
Assoc. Curator of Microbiology, California Academy of Sciences

In today's age of rapid environmental and human-wrought change, questions arise with respect to how biodiversity loss will affect the emergence of pathogens. SARS, avian influenza, and swine flu are high-profile examples of viruses whose distribution and diversity has changed in recent years to impact human health.

Dr. Bennett will demonstrate how the evolutionary ecology of mosquito-borne and zoonotic viruses drives their ongoing diversification in humans and other animals, with specific reference to dengue and hantaviruses.

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