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Virology forms a link between science and medicine, and between disciplines such as microbiology and molecular biology. Rapid progress in the field has been accompanied by similar developments in the technical vocabulary, which is now extremely diverse, often confusing and yet critical for useful discussion in the field. The third edition of A Dictionary of Virology will satisfy the needs of any biologist, clinician, research worker or veterinary virologist, health practitioner or teacher who requires easy reference to current virological usage.

The third edition has been completely updated and revised to contain full descriptions and classifications of all vertebrate viruses, from humans to fish, listed in the 7th ICTV Report. It also includes a number of viruses such as Nipah virus which was discovered too recently to be included in the ICTV Report and TT virus which was unknown when the previous edition of the book was compiled. With 25% new entries, A Dictionary of Virology also covers a wide range of terms used in virology from AIDS to prune belly syndrome, spaceflight and viruses, and Zoster sinoherpete. Entries describe virus structure, replication and role in disease as well as control or prevention methods and all follow the latest ICTV guidelines regarding the naming of virus species. Also included are the most important references to allow the reader to dig deeper into the literature as desired.

Over 6000 entries include commonly used cell lines and explanations of terms applicable in molecular biology as related to viruses. References to antiviral drugs used clinically or experimentally, and numerous anecdotal facts that would be difficult to find by searching textbooks or other literature on medical or veterinary virology, make this a necessary resource at all times.

A Dictionary of Virology will serve equally as a handy reference, a companion to other reference texts, or a spelling and fact checker for students, research scientists and those engaged in ancillary activities such as science journalists and the curious lay reader.

Praise for the second Edition:

"A Dictionary of Virology is more than just a collection of names. It contains a vast store of useful entries, usually with key references, pertaining to all aspects of clinical and molecular virology, virus-cell interactions, cell transformation, and includes details of transformed cell lines commonly used in the laboratory. For these reasons alone it is highly recommended."

"Brian Mahy has compiled a book that is fascinating, informative and even amusing in places."

"It should be on every virological shelf where it will be frequently consulted."


Audience: Virologists, molecular biologists, and microbiologists.

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Editorial Reviews

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"...if you are a molecular biologist, clinician, or epidemiologist involved in work with animal viruses, a graduate student, a senior faculty member who is overly specialized, a journalist, or a layman...this book is highly recommended."
—Charles Calisher for CDC (JUNE 2002)
"With the field of virology moving so rapidly, a new edition of A Dictionary of Virology is more than welcome. ...the Dictionary is a handy reference text for all that study, or are interested in, viruses whether they be undergraduates, postgraduates or experienced researchers. It will be of use to all those interested in the biological, as well as the more clinical aspects of virology. It represents a wealth of information not only on viruses but also techniques, cell lines and reagents used for studying viruses. ...I cannot recommend this book more highly."
—Christopher Ring, GlaxoSmithKline, in VIRUS RESEARCH (2002)
"...helpful source book for all vertebrate virologists. ...This book clearly took a great deal of research to put together and should be on every virologist's shelf."
—Ronald B. Luftig, LSU Health Sciences Center, in ASM NEWS (2002)
Charles Calisher
...if you are a molecular biologist,clinician,or epidemiologist involved in work with animal viruses,a graduate student,a senior faculty member who is overly specialized,a journalist,or a layman...this book is highly recommended.
From The Critics
Written for biologists, clinicians, researchers, and health practitioners, this dictionary contains full descriptions and classifications of all vertebrate viruses listed in the 7th ICTV Report. It also includes several viruses discovered too recently for inclusion in the report. Six thousand entries define a wide range of terms used in virology. Entries cover virus structure, replication, the role in disease, control and prevention, and ICTV guidelines for naming. Mahy is affiliated with the National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780124653276
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 0.88 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

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