, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 131-144
Date: 28 Jan 2011

Infectious disease — a genetic view

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Genetic analysis of resistance to infectious disease reveals many important cues that have led to new insights into the interaction between pathogen and host. This knowledge might help with a better prognosis for diseases, and to the development of novel therapeutics. This review focuses on genes and loci that control susceptibility to diseases with an important epidemiologic impact, such as AIDS, hepatitis B, gastritis and peptic ulcer, tuberculosis, leprosy, malaria, schistosomiasis and leishmaniasis. New perspectives for the integration of human and mouse genetics that contribute greatly to our understanding of regulatory mechanisms in health and disease, are also discussed.