By: Brian WJ Mahy
348 pages, Tabs
Essential for understanding the complete vocabulary and technical terms used by scientists in the virology field, the Second Edition of A Dictionary of Virology provides a brief but comprehensive description of every virus affecting vertebrate species from humans to fish. Completely revised and updated, the Dictionary includes nearly 3500 entries on classification according to the latest (6th) ICTV report, details of virus structure, replication, and role in disease, as well as control or preventive measures, commonly used cell lines, and explanations of terms applicable in molecular biology as related to viruses. References to antiviral drugs used clinically or experimentally are also included, as well as numerous hard-to-find anecdotal facts. This Second Edition is an accessible and handy guidebook to medical and veterinary virology.
...a book that is fascinating, informative and even amusing in places...more than just a list of names, it contains a vast store of useful entries, usually with key references, pertaining to all aspects of clinical and molecular virology... for these reasons alone, it is highly recommended. Its charm however, lies in its feast of' little-known facts'... (the deadly Duvenhage virus only isolated twice from human brains after their owners had been bitten by bats and (obviously) fatal on both occasions; Humpty Doo virus (HDOOV), an unassigned vertebrate rhabdovirus; Pseudolumpy skin desease; and High 5 cells are some of the other gems... And unexpectedly amusing is the entry under the paediatric infection 'TORCH' screen which I will not spoil by revealing here... Extremely useful and it should be on every virological shelf where it will be frequently consulted. --Andrew Lever, Cambridge, in TRENDS IN GENETICS
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