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Unit Chapters
Proteins & Proteomics
Evolution & Phylogenetics
Microbial Diversity
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Why Do Diseases Emerge?
The Human Body as an Ecosystem
The Emergence of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
Mechanisms of Resistance
Microbial Adaptation and Change
Lateral Gene Transfer
Travel, Demographics, and Susceptibility
New Technologies
Animal Reservoirs
Insect Vectors
Climate and Weather
Preventing and Controlling Emerging Infectious Disease
Genetics of Development
Cell Biology & Cancer
Human Evolution
Biology of Sex & Gender
Genetically Modified Organisms
New Technologies

The evolution of new pathogens is not just a function of human-pathogen or human-human interactions. Sometimes people also unwittingly provide new environments where disease-causing organisms thrive. In the 1970s, for example, air-conditioning systems became widely available. A bacterium normally found in fresh water lakes, Legionella pneumophila, moved into the systems, gaining access to susceptible humans. The result was a previously unreported respiratory infection.

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