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Special Issue "Evolutionary Genetics of Streptococcus pneumoniae"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2019).
Understanding the biology of the pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae will allow for improved public health policies for a disease that kills up to 1 million children each year globally. We must also understand how this biology changes through time to help prevent pneumococcal infections and deaths; how does S. pneumoniae evolve? Additionally, we can gain insight into general trends of genomic evolution in bacteria using pneumococcus as a genomic model organism due its particular set of characteristics: its natural competence and high rates of recombination; the large number of diverse, sequenced genomes, especially through The Global Pneumococcal Sequencing Project; and the defined selection pressures acting on pneumococcal populations in the form of antimicrobial resistance and vaccine-serotype replacement.
We are calling for articles for a Special Issue on the Evolutionary Genetics of S. pneumoniae that will both look towards the future (encompassing original research articles and short-communications on the biology and dynamics of pnuemococcal genetics and genomics) and examine the current state of the field through review articles. We are interested in articles examining any aspect of pneumococcus evolution, such as temporal changes, differences between populations, or evidence of adaption. Explorations of the evolution of microbial community dynamics, competence, antagonistic interactions (such as bacteriocins), antimicrobial resistance, and serotype replacement would all be considered for in this issue, provided they have explicit connections to genome evolution. Additionally, we welcome explorations into the mechanics of genome evolution, such as the role of repetitive units, plasmids, pathogenicity islands, and ICEs (integrative and conjugative elements) in how S. pneumoniae evolves.
Dr. Eric Miller
Dr. Lauren Cowley
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Evolutionary biology
- Genome diversity and evolution
- Serotype switching and replacement
- Antimicrobial resistance