3:00 p.m., Friday (October 6, 2006)
Virus Competition at Multiple Scales
Viruses compete and are subject to natural selection at multiple levels: within-cell,
within-host and within-population (of hosts). We looked at how viruses can optimally
exploit their hosts and how this behaviour may influence the most successful strategy
at the between-host, or epidemiological level. I will present a fairly general way to
consistently combine models of disease process and disease spread with the goal of
understanding the net selection pressure on a model virus. The method is illustrated
using two popular models at the within- and between-host levels.
Refreshments will be served at 2:45 p.m. (Lounge, MATX 1115).