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Microbes Infect. 2003 Dec;5(15):1397-405.

A quasispecies approach to viral evolution in the context of an adaptive immune system.

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The Blackett Laboratory, Condensed Matter Theory Group, Imperial College London, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BW, UK.

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  • Microbes Infect. 2004 Mar;6(3):338.


A deeper understanding of the mechanisms that determine viral evolution in the context of an adaptive immune system is vital for the development of efficient strategies to defeat viral infections. The problem of describing these mechanisms is discussed using the concept of quasispecies. Conditions for both an optimal immune response and for highest viral viability are derived from theoretical models and are supported by empirical data.

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