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Viruses : biology, applications, control / David R. Harper.

By: Harper, David R. (David Richard).
Contributor(s): Harper, David R. (David Richard). Molecular virology.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Garland Science, c2012Description: xi, 324 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 28 cm.ISBN: 9780815341505 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0815341504 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): Molecular virology | Virus diseases -- Molecular aspectsDDC classification: 616.9/1061
Contents:
Virus structure and infection -- Virus classification and evolution -- Virus replication -- Immune response & evasion -- Vaccines and vaccination -- Antiviral drugs -- Beneficial use of viruses -- Emergence, spread, and extinction -- Viruses, vectors, and genomics -- Culture, detection and diagnosis Appendix 1: Viral replication strategies -- Appendix 2: Current antiviral drugs.
Summary: "Viruses: Biology, Applications, and Control is a concise textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate students and is an updated and expanded version of the Second Edition of David Harper's Molecular Virology. Focusing on key mechanisms and developments, Viruses presents many recent scientific advances, including virus evolution, emerging infections, virus extinction, control of infections, antiviral drugs, gene therapy, bacteriophage therapy, and diagnostics. The first chapters introduce the reader to the structure and nature of viruses, including their classification and evolution. As viruses cause widespread and serious disease, the ensuing chapters explain how they interact with the immune system and the different ways we try to defeat them: vaccines, antiviral drugs, and immunotherapy. Laboratory methods for viral detection and laboratory diagnosis are also covered. While viruses do cause disease, many do not, and their special biology means they can have beneficial uses and this aspect of viruses is included. One of the most interesting areas in virology, given extensive coverage here, is how new viruses emerge and establish themselves. Viruses: Biology, Applications, and Control is a rigorous treatment of the molecular side of virology and its conceptual approach makes it an essential text for students and non-specialists"--Provided by publisher.
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Expanded version of Molecular virology / David Harper. 2nd ed. 1998.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

"Viruses: Biology, Applications, and Control is a concise textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate students and is an updated and expanded version of the Second Edition of David Harper's Molecular Virology. Focusing on key mechanisms and developments, Viruses presents many recent scientific advances, including virus evolution, emerging infections, virus extinction, control of infections, antiviral drugs, gene therapy, bacteriophage therapy, and diagnostics. The first chapters introduce the reader to the structure and nature of viruses, including their classification and evolution. As viruses cause widespread and serious disease, the ensuing chapters explain how they interact with the immune system and the different ways we try to defeat them: vaccines, antiviral drugs, and immunotherapy. Laboratory methods for viral detection and laboratory diagnosis are also covered. While viruses do cause disease, many do not, and their special biology means they can have beneficial uses and this aspect of viruses is included. One of the most interesting areas in virology, given extensive coverage here, is how new viruses emerge and establish themselves. Viruses: Biology, Applications, and Control is a rigorous treatment of the molecular side of virology and its conceptual approach makes it an essential text for students and non-specialists"--Provided by publisher.

Virus structure and infection -- Virus classification and evolution -- Virus replication -- Immune response & evasion -- Vaccines and vaccination -- Antiviral drugs -- Beneficial use of viruses -- Emergence, spread, and extinction -- Viruses, vectors, and genomics -- Culture, detection and diagnosis Appendix 1: Viral replication strategies -- Appendix 2: Current antiviral drugs.

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Viruses, by Harper (AmpliPhi Biosciences), is a concise treatment of the molecular aspects of viruses that infect animals, with special emphasis on human pathogens. Topics addressed include virus structure, aspects of viral replication cycles, virus-host interactions, defense and control strategies, and methods for detecting and culturing viruses. A unique and important part of the text is a discussion of the beneficial uses of viruses. The illustrations are clear, simple, and effective. The "Key Concepts" section is successful in emphasizing the take-home messages for each chapter. Two appendixes contain examples of replication strategies employed by various types of viruses and a catalog of antiviral compounds. The writing is understandable, straightforward, and engaging, and should be accessible to students beginning to explore the discipline. A limitation is a lack of direct references to or examples from the primary literature. Use of the book as the primary text for an entry-level virology course would require substantial augmentation from other sources. Overall, a readable work best suited as an aid to students beginning to read primary virological literature. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and graduate students. M. S. Kainz Ripon College

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