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Biotechnology and Infectious Diseases by Brooke A. Jude

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            CHAPTER 2            

DEFINING FEATURES OF AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE OUTBREAK

2.1  CHARACTERIZATION OF AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE OUTBREAK

Biotechnological advances are crucial for the surveillance of infectious agents, diagnosis of outbreaks, and development of treatment and preventative strategies. The ability to use microscopic imaging, observe model system and culture phenotypes, and test therapies and prevention measures all improve the chances of limiting the range and scope of an outbreak. Current technologies for managing infectious diseases through the use of bioassays, cross boundaries between biology, chemistry, physics, and computer modeling. From each infectious disease investigated, there are lessons that can be applied to other ...

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