Journal article

Development of Phylodynamic Methods for Bacterial Pathogens

Danielle J Ingle, Benjamin P Howden, Sebastian Duchene

TRENDS IN MICROBIOLOGY | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

Phylodynamic methods have been essential to understand the interplay between the evolution and epidemiology of infectious diseases. To date, the field has centered on viruses. Bacterial pathogens are seldom analyzed under such phylodynamic frameworks, due to their complex genome evolution and, until recently, a paucity of whole-genome sequence data sets with rich associated metadata. We posit that the increasing availability of bacterial genomes and epidemiological data means that the field is now ripe to lay the foundations for applying phylodynamics to bacterial pathogens. The development of new methods that integrate more complex genomic and ecological data will help to inform public heat..

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