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Phylogeographic approaches help uncover the imprint that spatial epidemiological processes leave in the genomes of fast evolving viruses. Recent Bayesian inference methods that consider phylogenetic diffusion of discretely and continuously distributed traits offer a unique opportunity to explore genotypic and phenotypic evolution in greater detail. To provide a taste of the recent advances in viral diffusion approaches, we highlight key findings arising at the intrahost, local and global epidemiological scales. We also outline future areas of research and discuss how these may contribute to a quantitative understanding of the phylodynamics of RNA viruses.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.coviro.2011.10.003

Type

Journal article

Journal

Curr Opin Virol

Publication Date

11/2011

Volume

1

Pages

423 - 429

Keywords

Animals, Humans, Phylogeny, Phylogeography, RNA Viruses, Virus Diseases