The Emergence of Pathogenic Bacteria and Their Impact on Human Civilization: the Case of Plague Bacillus, Yersinia pestis Infectious diseases and human civilization

  • Tomasz Stepkowski
  • Andrzej B. Legocki
Conference paper
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NAII, volume 117)


The course of human civilization has been significantly affected by three factors: natural disasters, regional and global conflicts and infectious diseases. Each of the major occurrences formed a define selection pressure on human population, and its effect was related to duration and range of the event. Structural genomics of bacteria responsible for infectious diseases can now approach the question which evolutionary mechanisms render bacterial pathogens so dangerous for human life.


Human Pathogen Lateral Gene Transfer Human Civilization Yersinia Pestis Flea Species 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tomasz Stepkowski
    • 1
  • Andrzej B. Legocki
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Bioorganic ChemistryPolish Academy of SciencesPoznańPoland

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