Journal article

Molecular epidemiology: A multidisciplinary approach to understanding parasitic zoonoses

RJ Traub, PT Monis, ID Robertson

International Journal for Parasitology | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2005

Abstract

Sound application of molecular epidemiological principles requires working knowledge of both molecular biological and epidemiological methods. Molecular tools have become an increasingly important part of studying the epidemiology of infectious agents. Molecular tools have allowed the aetiological agent within a population to be diagnosed with a greater degree of efficiency and accuracy than conventional diagnostic tools. They have increased the understanding of the pathogenicity, virulence, and host-parasite relationships of the aetiological agent, provided information on the genetic structure and taxonomy of the parasite and allowed the zoonotic potential of previously unidentified agents ..

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