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Biology, Applications, and Control

David Harper
Publication Date:
June 20, 2011
Content Details:
346 pages

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  • About the Book

    Book Summary

    Viruses: Biology, Application, and Control is a concise textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate students covering the essential aspects of virology included in biomedical science courses. It is an updated and expanded version of David Harper’s Molecular Virology, Second Edition. Focusing on key mechanisms and developments, Viruses presents many new 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 emphasized. One of the most interesting areas in virology, given extensive coverage here, is how new viruses emerge and establish themselves.

    Viruses: Biology, Application, 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.


      • Viral replication strategies of the major virus groups causing human infections are included in a dedicated appendix
      • Cover the emergence of new viruses, for example SARS, bird flu, and Ebola, and attempts to eradicate known viruses such smallpox and polio
      • Key Concepts and Further Reading at the end of each chapter
      • Depth-of-understanding problems, for student review and classroom discussion, help the reader apply theoretical material to real-world issues


      "...this is a recommended book for undergraduates studying virology and would provide a good source material for a lecture series on the topic." - Immunology News

  • Contents

    1. Virus Structure and Infection
    2. Virus classification and evolution
    3. Virus Replication
    4. Immune response & evasion
    5. Vaccines and vaccination
    6. Antiviral Drugs
    7. Beneficial use of viruses
    8. Emergence, spread, and extinction
    9. Viruses, vectors, and genomics
    10. Culture, Detection and Diagnosis
    Appendix 1: Viral Replication Strategies
    Appendix 2: Current Antiviral Drugs

  • Instructor Resources

    Instructor Resources

    For the following resources verified instructors can visit the resource page for Viruses.

    The Art of Viruses
    Figures from the book are available in JPEG and PowerPoint formats.

    Selected animations are available.

  • Student Resources

    Student Resources

    For the following resources, students can visit the resource page for Viruses.

    Tips and Hints
    Hints to answering the depth-of-understanding problems

    Online glossary
    An online glossary is available

    Selected animations are available


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    Chapter 7: Beneficial Use of Viruses

    Appendix 2

    Figure: Enfuviritide