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Viruses as Complex Adaptive Systems

Richard Sole and Santiago F. Elena

Abstract

Viruses are everywhere, infecting all sorts of living organisms, from the tiniest bacteria to the largest mammals. Many are harmful parasites, but viruses also play a major role as drivers of our evolution as a species and are essential regulators of the composition and complexity of ecosystems on a global scale. This book draws on complex systems theory to provide a fresh look at viral origins, populations, and evolution, and the coevolutionary dynamics of viruses and their hosts. New viruses continue to emerge that threaten people, crops, and farm animals. Viruses constantly evade our immune ... More

Keywords: viruses, living organisms, parasites, evolution, ecosystem regulation, populations, immune system, virus biology, complex adaptive system, viral dynamics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691158846
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691158846.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Sole, author
Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Santiago F. Elena, author
Universitat Politecnica de Valencia

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