Basic virology by Edward K. Wagner, Martinez J. Hewlett, David C. Bloom, David

By Edward K. Wagner, Martinez J. Hewlett, David C. Bloom, David Camerini

Perfect for the scholar looking a high-quality figuring out of the fundamental rules during this quickly constructing box, this best-selling textual content deals a finished advent to the basics of virology. that includes an stronger artwork software now in full-color, the recent variation has been up-to-date all through.

  • New variation contains extra studying feedback, accelerated assessment questions, bankruptcy outlines and full-colour artwork
  • Contains new chapters facing viruses and melanoma, iteration and use of recombinant viruses and virus-like debris, viral evolution, community biology and viruses, and animal types and transgenics, in addition to a bankruptcy dedicated to HIV and AIDS
  • Downloadable art, unique animations and on-line assets can be found at www.blackwellpublishing.com/wagner

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Sources for Further Study We have provided the means of increasing the depth of coverage so that instructors or students can pursue their own specific interests in two ways. First, we suggest appropriate further reading at the end of each section. Second, we include a rather extensive survey of sources on virology and the techniques for the study of viruses in an appendix following the body of the text. We hope that these sources will be used because we are convinced that students must be presented with source material and encouraged to explore on their own at the start of this study.

We are fully aware that the organization reflects our prejudices and backgrounds as molecular biologists, but hopefully it will not deter those with a more population-based bias from finding some value in the material. html[12/17/2009 22:31:31] page_xix next page > page_xx < previous page page_xx next page > Page xx Following this plan, the book is divided into four sections, each discussing aspects of virology in greater molecular detail. General principles such as approaches toward understanding viral disease and its spread, the nature of viral pathogenesis, and the mechanistic basis for these principles are repeatedly refined and applied to more detailed examples as the book unfolds.

A major complication to a complete and satisfying scheme for the origin of viruses is that there may not be a single origin, and viruses may appear and disappear continually in the biosphere. Even though the origin of specific viral genes can be established, the exact degree of relationship between some of the major groups of viruses may not be possible to determine because they may not have a common origin. If a given virus is derived from a specific cellular genetic element or elements, this speaks only to that virus and not to others.

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