Effects of genetic and pathogenic diseases on cells / Christopher J. Paradise, A. Malcolm Campbell.
Contributor(s): Campbell, A. Malcolm [author.].Material type: BookSeries: Biology collection: Publisher: New York, [New York] (222 East 46th Street, New York, NY 10017) : Momentum Press, 2016Description: 1 online resource (56 pages) : illustrations.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781606509623.Call number: 616.07 Subject(s): Pathology, Cellular | Genetic disorders | Pathogenic microorganisms | Cells -- pathology | mutations | disease | point mutation | motor neuron disease | familial disease | normality | emerging disease | cytokines | rice blast fungus | pandemics | sickle-cell disease | epidemiology | perfection | pathogen | vector-borne disease | Lyme disease | macrophage | neutrophil | parasite | Giardia | outbreak | SARS | disease reservoirOnline resources: Click here to access online Also available in print.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. Genetic diseases affect cells and organisms -- Sickle-cell disease is caused by a single point mutation -- Multiple mutations may cause a single disease -- Ethical, legal, social implications: normality and perfection --
2. Pathogens affect cells and organisms -- Lyme disease is caused by a vector-borne bacterium -- Ethical, legal, social implications: there are several issues with using animals in research -- Fungi can be pathogens of plants --
3. Parasites can survive in more than one host species --
4. Diseases spread through populations of susceptible hosts --
Conclusion -- Glossary -- Index.
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Several genetic and pathogenic diseases are described to illustrate how diseases can and do disrupt normal molecular and cellular functions, and how those disruptions affect entire organisms. In the case of genetic diseases, how they arise and are maintained in populations is discussed. In the case of pathogenic and parasitic organisms, understanding their complex life cycles and their modes of transmission is critical to understanding their effects on individuals and how disease outbreaks occur in ecological systems. Communication between the pathogen and the host organism occurs in the course of infection and involves the disruption of normal cell function. Finally, epidemiology is briefly discussed, using the case of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Data are used to describe how the disease may have originated and evolved to infect humans, and how it spread relatively quickly and almost caused a global pandemic. Understanding how disease outbreaks occur in ecological systems is critical to controlling the spread of disease.
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