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From The CriticsReviewer: Jose Romero, MD (Creighton University Medical Center)
Description: Volumes 53 and 54 of Advances in Virus Research contain up-to-date reviews of topics related to virology, written and edited by experts in each of the areas covered. Together they contain 27 well written articles.
Purpose: These volumes are written to provide the reader with reviews on topics related to virology.
Audience: The reviews contained in these two volumes will be of value and interest to graduate students, physicians, veterinarians, and investigators interested in familiarizing or updating themselves in the subjects covered.
Features: Volume 53 contains two "special sections." In the first contributors consider the current status and impact of viral diseases on the developing world. There are six reviews in which they deal with three major human diseases (yellow fever, dengue, and human deficiency virus), two major diseases of livestock (rinderpest, foot and mouth disease), and viral diseases of importance to horticulture. In the second section they provide reviews of the use of reverse genetics for the study of different groups of RNA viruses. Each review in this section is focused on how the different viral replication strategies have influenced the reverse genetics approach taken. The contributors cover four positive stranded viruses (flavivirus, picornavirus, nodavirus, coronavirus), three negative stranded viruses (rhabdovirus, paramyxovirus), double stranded viruses (dsRNA viruses of higher organisms) and the practical application of reverse genetics for control of viral plant infections. Volume 54 contains six reviews and a "special section" on respiratory viruses (influenza viruses, paramyxoviruses, respiratory syncytial virus, rhinoviruses). The contributors cover exceptionally timely topics such as influenza vaccines and influenza neuraminidase inhibitors.
Assessment: The editors of Volumes 53 and 54 of Advances in Virus Research continue the long tradition of authoritative, well-written, current reviews on selected topics related to virology. Both volumes have a wealth of up-to-date information. All of the reviews contain excellent reference sections for those wishing more detailed information.