Microbial infections: an evolutionary perspective

Moderator: Diarmaid Hughes

Medverkande: Staffan Svärd, Rike Stelkens, Douglas L. Huseby

Infectious microorganisms (protists, fungi, and bacteria) continue to be a significant cause of human misery even after decades of research and development of chemotherapies. A major factor, contributing to the increasing frequency of antimicrobial drug resistance, is the evolutionary flexibility and mutability of microorganisms. From a therapeutic point-of-view they are a constantly moving target, shapeshifters that find novel ways to evade chemical destruction. This session will discuss illustrative examples of genetic change and evolution among protists, fungi and bacteria. Learning their tricks should be a required preparation for developing new generations of therapeutics, hopefully with a longer effective shelf-life.

The symposium will be held in english