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Overview

The fourth edition of the hugely successful Principles of Molecular Virology takes on a molecular approach, presenting the principles of virology in a clear and concise manner. This work explores and explains the fundamental aspects of virology, including structure of virus particles and genome, replication, gene expression, infection, pathogenesis and subviral agents. The self-assessment questions, glossary and abbreviations section provide excellent revision aids and serve as handy references to students, tutors and researchers alike.

NEW TO FOURTH EDITION:
* New material on virus structure and virus evolution
* Updated pathogenesis section covering Ebola, SARS and HIV
* New section on Bioterrorism
* Fully updated references
* FLASH animations on CD-ROM

* New material on virus structure, virus evolution, zoonoses, bushmeat, SARS and bioterrorism
* Instructor's version includes a CD-ROM with tutorials and experiments, self-assessment questions and numerical exercises, links to many useful on-line resources, along with the Appendix section of the book, including a Glossary, Abbreviations and Pronunciation Guide, Classification of Sub-Cellular Infectious Agents and a History of Virology
* In addition, the CD-ROM contains all 127 diagrams in JPEG format, and updated lecture notes in Microsoft ® PowerPoint ® format covering all 8 chapters

Audience: Researchers and graduate students in virology, molecular biology, microbiology, infectious disease, immunology, plant virology, and AIDS research. Academic and research libraries, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and private research facilities.

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Editorial Reviews

Jerry Lynn Taylor
This second edition paperback book provides a broad introduction to virology. Although it is called Principles of Molecular Virology, the author also includes a broad-based introduction including a brief history of some early seminal works in the field. The author states that he designed the book to provide a text describing the general principles of "molecules and viruses" supplemented with specific examples for illustration purposes. He wanted it to reflect the current emphasis and concerns of virology. This book is not intended to be as encyclopedic as many virology texts, but rather to describe basic concepts in a very readable format and direct the reader to other works for greater detail. He has designed the text for teaching undergraduate student in virology. There is a remarkable amount of detail included for so small a book. This is accomplished through the use of many figures and much tabulated information. Although many of the figures are not self-explanatory, in combination with text material they provide much useful information. The text provides specific examples about bacteriophage, plant viruses, insect viruses, and mammalian viruses, as well as subviral particles, like pitons. This breadth of coverage sets the book apart from some other introductory virology texts that focus primarily on human viruses. Chapters are based on concepts, including pathogenesis, infection, and expression. Each chapter has self-assessment questions, which serve as a review of the chapter. There is also a very good glossary of terms. Terms whose definitions are found in the glossary are printed in bold in the text, triggering the reader to look up thedefinition. This well-written text provides a very useable introduction to virology. The information provided is current. It would be a worthwhile addition to the library of teachers of undergraduate virology.
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"An excellent virological text for students. It is recommended in many university undergraduate courses for good reason. It is written in an accessible style... well illustrated... I suspect the self-assessment questions will be usefully plundered by those setting examinations. I have no doubt there will be a third edition."
--Trends in Genetics

"Excellent... The writing flows easily with good practical examples... An attractive, up-to-date book and is an excellent buy that I can strongly recommend."
--Society For General Microbiology Quarterly

"More suitable for an undergraduate class than any other text I have recently seen... Readable and undergraduate friendly, and it fills a definite niche."
--American Society For Microbiology News

"Compact... and realistically priced... Present[s] molecular virology to an undergraduate audience in an easily digestible form."
--Trends in Microbiology

"A short, straightforward, inexpensive paperback that concentrates on the basic principles of molecular virology... Provide[s] a good starting point for non-virologists to rapidly acquire a working knowledge of the area."
--Trends in Biochemistry

"Well worth its price... the text is easy to follow and represents a fantastic blend of basic principles, corresponding techniques and applied views."
--Zeit Fur Pflanzenkrankheiten Und pflanzenschutz

"There is a remarkable amount of detail included for so small a book. This well-written text provides a very useable introduction to virology. The information provided is current. It would be a worthwhile addition to the library of teachers of undergraduate virology."
--Doody Review

From The Critics
Reviewer: 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.
From the Publisher
Praise for previous editions:

“An excellent virological text for students. It is recommended in many university undergraduate courses for good reason. It is well written in an accessible style... well illustrated…I suspect the self assessment questions will be usefully plundered by those setting examinations.”
- Trends in Genetics
“Excellent.. The writing flows easily with good practical examples... an attractive, up-to-date book and is an excellent buy that I can strongly recommend.”
- Society for General Microbiology Quarterly
"More suitable for an undergraduate class than any other text I have recently seen... readable and undergraduate-friendly, and it fills a definite niche.”
- American Society for Microbiology News
"Compact... and realistically priced... Presents(s) molecular virology to an undergraduate audience is an easily digestible form.”
- Trends in Microbiology


4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780120887897
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 8/9/2005
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.64 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Cann has worked in both the U.K. and U.S.A., and in addition to teaching undergraduate, postgraduate, and medical students, he runs a research laboratory studying themolecular biology and pathogenesis of RNA viruses.

Alan Cann has worked in both the U.K. and U.S.A., and in addition to teaching undergraduate, postgraduate, and medical students, he runs a research laboratory studying themolecular biology and pathogenesis of RNA viruses.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Particles Genomes Replication Expression Infection Pathogenesis Subviral Agents: Genomes Without Viruses, Viruses Without Genomes Glossary and Abbreviations Appendix 2: Classification of Subcellular Infectious Agents Appendix 3: The History of Virology Index
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