Close Encounters: Good, Bad, and Ugly

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Science  24 Nov 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5496, pp. 1491-1493
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5496.1491

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PARIS-- Microbiologists often focus on one organism and its relationship to its host at one point in time. But viewed in light of evolution, host-parasite relationships range from deadly to helpful, depending on the communication between them. At a meeting here last month of virologists, bacteriologists, parasitologists, and molecular biologists--each dealing with different microorganisms in distinct ways--researchers lamented that evolution is often considered outside the bailiwick of microbiologists, particularly those studying infectious diseases.