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To Catch a Virus

Publication Date:
March 25, 2013
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392 pages

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  • About the Book

    Book Summary

    Expert storytellers weave together the science, technological advances, medical urgencies, and human stories that chronicle the development of the field of diagnostic virology.

    • Follows a historical discoveries that defined viruses and their roles in infectious diseases over a century of developments, epidemics, and molecular advances, and continuing into the 21st century with AIDS, HIV, and a future that in no way resembles the past.
    • Features the great names and personalities of diagnostic virology, their contributions, their associations, and their challenges to prove findings that some considered fantasy.
    • Describes how scientists applied revolutionary technologies, studying viruses, first in animal models and tissue culture and progressing to molecular and genetic techniques.
    • Appeals to the pioneer and adventure-seeker who is interested in how a scientific field evolves.



    This title is published by the American Society of Microbiology Press and distributed by Taylor and Francis in rest of world territories.

  • Contents

    Table of Contents List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Foreword Preface About the Authors 1. Fear or Terror on Every Countenance: Yellow Fever 2. Of Mice and Men: Animal Models of Virus Infection 3. Filling the Churchyard with Corpses: Smallpox and the Immune Response 4. What Can Be Seen: From Viral Inclusion Bodies to Electron Microscopy 5. The Turning Point: Cytopathic Effect in Tissue Culture 6. A Torrent of Viral Isolates: The Early Years of Diagnostic Virology 7. Imaging Viruses and Tagging Their Antigens 8. Immunological Memory: Ingenuity and Serendipity 9. To The Barricades: The Molecular Revolution Appendix: Chapter Timelines Index