Fields Virologyby David M. Knipe, Peter Howley
Fields Virology is the authoritative reference book for virology, providing definitive coverage of all aspects of virology, including thorough coverage of virus biology as well as replication and medical aspects of specific virus families. With the regular outbreaks of influenza, noroviruses as well as other emerging and re-emerging viruses it is essential to have the most up-to-date information available. With this Sixth Edition, all chapters have been completely updated, an important new emphasis has been placed on virus discovery and emerging viruses. Viruses associated with cancer, including the new human polyomaviruses, are highlighted in this Sixth Edition and new chapters have been added on circoviruses and mimiviruses. While the main focus of this edition continues to be on viruses, information on prions and the infectious spongiform encephalopathies are also included.
Description: This updated edition of Fields Virology comprises two parts. The first deals with general aspects of virology and includes an overview of viruses of plants, insects, and microorganisms.The second part covers viral replication and provides information on viruses of medical significance. The third edition was published in 1996.
Purpose: The main focus is to address molecular aspects of replication and pathogenesis of viruses of medical importance. These are worthy objectives as an understanding of such mechanisms aids in designing strategies to control and prevent viral infections. Previous editions have been widely used as virology references and this edition addressing aspects of newly emerging viral infections and advances in virology was needed. The book meets the objectives adequately.
Audience: This book targets a wide audience, including students, researchers, and medical practitioners of virology. The authors are authorities in their respective areas of virus research and the editors are key opinion leaders in the fields of virology and infectious diseases.
Features: The 22 chapters in the first part overviews basic aspects of virology such as virus structure, evolution, life cycle, pathogenesis, and antiviral immune responses. In the second part, 23 families of viruses containing viruses of medical significance are discussed in some detail. There is more specific information on some viruses than others, but this is not a shortcoming. The authors have made every effort to include as much current information as possible. The second part also includes a section that addresses nonclassified infectious agents.
Assessment: As with previous editions, this edition is well written and comprehensive. The authors have incorporated current thinking and advances in virology and the book is a good reference source for all virologists.
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