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Viral Infections from an Evolutionary Perspective

  • 6 Dec 2018
  • 7 Dec 2018
  • Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS); Frankfurt-Main, Germany

We are happy to announce the workshop on "Viral Infections from an Evolutionary Perspective" to be held at FIAS in Frankfurt (Main) December 6-7, 2018.

For further information see the description below or visit https://www.math.uni-frankfurt.de/~pokalyuk/events.html . 

If you would like to attend our workshop please register until November 30th by sending an e-mail to pokalyuk@math.uni-frankfurt.de giving your name and affiliation as well as the days at which you would like to attend. 

We look forward to welcome you in Frankfurt! 

Cornelia Pokalyuk (Goethe University, Frankfurt) and Christel Kamp (Paul-Ehrlich-Institute, Langen) 

Being highly dependent on their hosts viruses have evolved various strategies to coexist with them. For example, herpesviruses are capable to switch between states of latency and reactivation, and influenza viruses perform a permanent arms race with the immune systems of their hosts. The strategies of coexistence are reflected in different infection patterns, leading for example to lifelong host infections or short episodes of infection.
This workshop will bring together virologists and theoreticians to discuss which evolutionary models can be helpful to explain observed infection histories, and which medical consequences could result from these. The main focus will lie on infections caused by the cytomegalovirus, an ancient herpesvirus, and caused by bacteriophages, that is, viruses infecting bacteria.

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