The Molecular Epidemiology of Parasites
A special issue of Parasitologia (ISSN 2673-6772).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 1573
Interests: molecular epidemiology; Toxoplasma; trypanosomes; protozoan parasites; host-parasite interactions; ecology of parasitic diseases; host resistance to parasites
Molecular epidemiology generally refers to the use of DNA-based approaches to understanding the identity, etiology or transmission of a disease. In the case of parasites, it has revolutionized our understanding of transmission cycles, transmission dynamics and the detailed taxonomic dissection of the infectious agents we are interested in. Since the first review, over 30 years ago, on the “Molecular Epidemiology of Parasites” (Hide and Tait, 1991, Experientia, 47, 128-142), technology has expanded from “the promise” of “new techniques” such as PCR to our current ability to sequence entire genomes from populations of parasites and beyond. Furthermore, the very limited range of parasites studied back then has exploded since. Databases of genomic sequences have enabled the development of tools which can not only be applied to almost all parasites but also used to discover those species as yet unknown to us. The aim of this Special Issue is to gather together recent studies that apply these wide ranges of techniques or approaches and to showcase the range of parasite species to which they have been applied. With the World Health Organization recently reporting that parasites cause 6 of the top 10 sources of death in low-income parts of the world, there is a pressing need to bring together ideas to advance our knowledge of parasite epidemiology.
Submitted works should focus on recent studies that make use of DNA-based technologies as a tool for investigating the epidemiology of a specific parasite or group of parasites. Typically, but not exclusively, the topics considered could be the application of molecular approaches to (1) understanding life cycles or transmission cycles, (2) understanding transmission dynamics within host–parasite systems, (3) understanding the evolution of new host–parasite interactions, or (4) the identification of the roles in parasite epidemiology of new species and strains, of new/revised taxonomies, and of newly identified organisms. Contributed submissions can be either reviews or primary research papers and will be peer-reviewed. A key objective of this Special Issue is to enable researchers to “look sideways” at different approaches used in different parasite systems; as such, there is no restriction on which parasites or approaches are covered. While we have invited key contributors to cover a wide range of molecular epidemiological scenarios, we are happy to consider any manuscripts that are encompassed within this topic. This Special Issue should draw together a range of current views of the use of molecular tools as applied to the epidemiology of parasites.
Prof. Dr. Geoff Hide
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- molecular epidemiology
- host–parasite interactions
- transmission cycles
- life cycles
- transmission dynamics
- parasite taxonomy
- parasite evolution