Viral diseases and human evolution

Viral diseases and human evolution

Autor Leal, Elcio de Souza Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Zanotto, Paolo Marinho de Andrade Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Instituição Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Resumo The interaction of man with viral agents was possibly a key factor shaping human evolution, culture and civilization from its outset. Evidence of the effect of disease, since the early stages of human speciation, through pre-historical times to the present suggest that the types of viruses associated with man changed in time. As human populations progressed technologically, they grew in numbers and density. As a consequence different viruses found suitable conditions to thrive and establish long-lasting associations with man. Although not all viral agents cause disease and some may in fact be considered beneficial, the present situation of overpopulation, poverty and ecological inbalance may have devastating effets on human progress. Recently emerged diseases causing massive pandemics (eg., HIV-1 and HCV, dengue, etc.) are becoming formidable challenges, which may have a direct impact on the fate of our species.
Palavra-chave molecular evolution
human evolution
Idioma Inglês
Data de publicação 2000-01-01
Publicado em Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz. Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Ministério da Saúde, v. 95, p. 193-200, 2000.
ISSN 0074-0276 (Sherpa/Romeo, fator de impacto)
Publicador Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Ministério da Saúde
Extensão 193-200
Direito de acesso Acesso aberto Open Access
Tipo Artigo
Web of Science WOS:000165526400034
SciELO S0074-02762000000700033 (estatísticas na SciELO)
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