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New Perspectives Quarterly
OF MEN AND MICROBES: Understanding SARS and Infectious Disease
Of Men and Microbes is an article written in 2003 by Nobel Laureate Joshua Lederberg that discusses the superior evolutionary ability of microbes to adapt to different environments due to their fast reproductive rates and host environments.

National Academies Press
Ending the War Metaphor: The Changing Agenda for Unraveling the Host-Microbe Relationship - Workshop Summary (2006)
In the Academies' workshop summary, Ending the War Metaphor: The Changing Agenda for Unraveling the Host-Microbe Relationship, the Academies' look at the host-pathogen relationship and possible ways to proactively address antimicrobial resistance.

National Academies Press
The Resistance Phenomenon in Microbes and Infectious Disease Vectors: Implications for Human Health and Strategies for Containment -- Workshop Summary (2003)
In the 2006 Academies' workshop summary, The Resistance Phenomenon in Microbes and Infectious Disease Vectors: Implications for Human Health and Strategies for Containment, the Academies' examine ways to limit microbial resistance in various vectors to prevent future epidemics.

National Academies Press
Saving Lives, Buying Time: Economics of Malaria Drugs in an Age of Resistance (2004)
The 2004 Academies' study, Saving Lives, Buying Time: Economics of Malaria Drugs in an Age of Resistance, addresses the economic issue of anti-malarial medication that is widely used because of its low distribution cost. The study addresses the concern of the spread of malarial resistance to current medications and makes economic recommendations about ways to use other medications feasibly in the developing world.

National Academies Press
Variation and Evolution in Plants and Microorganisms: Toward a New Synthesis 50 Years after Stebbins (2000)
The 2000 Academies' publication, Variation and Evolution in Plants and Microorganisms: Toward a New Synthesis 50 Years after Stebbins, is a compilation of a series of papers presented at a colloquium by the same name in California discussing various aspects of microorganism and plant evolution.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Infectious Disease as an Evolutionary Paradigm; Joshua Lederberg; Sackler Foundation Scholar, Rockefeller University, New York, New York, USA
This 1997 article, Infectious Disease as an Evolutionary Paradigm, was published in the CDC journal Emerging Infectious Diseases to discuss the intersection of microbial evolution, how it occurs, and its impacts of global and local public health concerns.

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