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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jeff D Hester, Ph.D.(IBT Reference Laboratory)
Description: This is a good general reference for both nonvirologists and young researchers in the field of virology. It is obvious that considerable thought went into covering this topic without making the book too lengthy.
Purpose: The purpose is to present the concerns of contemporary virology to students in a concise and digestible manner. This is an extremely important objective since this may be an undergraduate's introduction into a field of virology. The author has met this goal in each edition of this book and gone above and beyond with the addition of the CD-ROM which contains supplemental information.
Audience: The book is written for undergraduates or young graduate students who have not taken a virology course. The author has been very successful at providing this level of information in both this edition as well as previous editions.
Features: As a general virology reference, the book starts in an obvious place with a brief history as well as early accomplishments in this field. Furthermore, the author goes into just enough detail to provide a general overview of the main topics in the current field of virology (e.g. genomics, replication, expression, infection, and pathogenesis). The artwork is seamless, providing additional visual aids without distracting the reader.
Assessment: This book provides undergraduates with an excellent overview of molecular virology. This is an absolutely necessary book for students who have not been exposed to this topic and require a book that provides this information in a clear and concise manner. Updated editions are extremely important in such a rapidly changing field. New discoveries have been included in this edition which enables students to feel that they are receiving the latest information.