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"The fourth edition of the hugely successful Principles of Molecular Virology provides an essential introduction to modern virology. Focusing on a molecular approach, this classic textbook presents 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.

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

Press, Incorporated Academic
"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

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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.
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"This is an absolutely necessary book for students who have not been exposed to this topic..."
- DOODY'S - 4 Stars (2006)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780121585334
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/2001
  • Edition description: 3RD BK&CDR
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Alan J. Cann has worked in both the U.K. and U.S.A. teaching undergraduate, postgraduate, and medical students. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences at the University of Leicester where his research interests include pedagogic research and science communication.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Particles 25
Ch. 3 Genomes 56
Ch. 4 Replication 102
Ch. 5 Expression 131
Ch. 6 Infection 165
Ch. 7 Pathogenesis 208
Ch. 8 Subviral agents : genomes without viruses, viruses without genomes 249
App Classification of subcellular infectious agents
App The history of virology
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