Special Issue "Drivers of Evolution of Animal RNA Viruses, Volume II"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2023 | Viewed by 8868
Interests: virus evolution; next generation sequencing; phylodynamics of RNA viruses; phylogenetics; molecular epidemiology
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RNA virus populations are characterized by high mutation rates, and many engage in frequent recombination and reassortment events, resulting in novel genotypes. The intricate “host–pathogen–environment” relationship is critical in shaping the evolutionary trajectories of RNA viruses, as they may be affected by events such as immunity, antiviral drugs, co-infections and cross-species transmission, which can cause virus population bottlenecks; dense host populations that increase virus transmission rates; animal trade or migration contributing to virus spread in new ecosystems; and climate change, economic globalization and land use, which can alter the outcome of the virus infection. Moreover, environmental changes due to industrialization and urbanization may create opportunities for novel species assemblages and viral spillover into new host species.
Understanding the main drivers of genetic diversity and the structure of virus populations provides important insights into the key mechanisms of virus emergence, adaptation and spread and is critical for designing effective strategies for disease prevention and control.
This Special Issue intends to present a collection of articles (reviews, original research and communications) highlighting recent findings on relevant topics, such as molecular epidemiology, genetic diversity, evolution and the transmission dynamics of RNA viruses across all animal hosts, as well as those focusing on the interactions of animal viruses with their hosts and the environment.
Dr. Alice Fusaro
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- virus evolution
- virus-host interactions
- molecular epidemiology
- genetic drift
- natural selection
- bottleneck events
- pandemic potential
- cross-species transmission
- immune evasion