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Microbe-vector Interactions in Vector-borne Diseases
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Several billion people are at daily risk of life threatening vector-borne diseases such as malaria, trypanosomiasis and dengue. This volume describes the way in which the causal pathogens of such diseases interact with the vectors that transmit them. It details the elegant biological adaptations that have enabled pathogens to live with their vectors and, in some circumstances, to control them. This knowledge has led to novel preventative strategies in the form of antibiotics and new vaccines which are targeted not at the pathogen itself but at its specific vector.

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‘The authors describe the advantages of insects as vectors and their numerous barriers to infection, including physico-chemical barriers, the gut, haemolymph, and the salivary glands themselves.‘

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  • 4 - RNA-based immunity in insects
    pp 63-74
    • By Rui Lu, Center for Plant Cell Biology, Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521, USA, Hongwei Li, Center for Plant Cell Biology, Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521, USA, Wan-Xiang Li, Center for Plant Cell Biology, Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521, USA, Shou-Wei Ding, Center for Plant Cell Biology, Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521, USA
  • 9 - Vector competence
    pp 139-180
    • By Scott C. Weaver, Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases and Department of Pathology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX 77555–0609, USA, Lark L. Coffey, Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases and Department of Pathology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX 77555–0609, USA, Roberto Nussenzveig, Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases and Department of Pathology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX 77555–0609, USA, Diana Ortiz, Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases and Department of Pathology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX 77555–0609, USA, Darci Smith, Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases and Department of Pathology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX 77555–0609, USA

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