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Fundamentals of Molecular Virology, 2nd Edition

Fundamentals of Molecular Virology, 2nd Edition

Nicholas H. Acheson

ISBN: 978-1-118-21489-3 December 2011 528 Pages




Designed for students learning about viruses for the first time at the undergraduate or graduate level, Fundamentals of Molecular Virology is presented in a style which relates to today's students and professors. This book is also a valuable, up-to-date source of information for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and research scientists working with viruses. Chapters contributed by prominent virologists were edited to conform to a clear and accessible style. The text provides a thorough presentation of basic and contemporary concepts in virology for a student's first exposure to the field.

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1. Introduction to Virology
2. Virus Structure and Assembly
3. Virus Classification: The World of Viruses
4. Virus Entry
5. Single-Stranded RNA Bacteriophages
6. Microviruses
7. Bacteriophage
8. Bacteriophage Lambda
9. Viruses of Archaea
10. Cucumber Mosaic Virus
11. Picornaviruses
12. Flaviviruses
13. Togaviruses
14. Coronaviruses
15. Paramyxoviruses and Rhabdoviruses
16. Filoviruses
17. Bunyaviruses
18. Influenza Viruses
19. Reoviruses
20. Parvoviruses
21. Polyomaviruses
22. Papillomaviruses
23. Adenoviruses
24. Herpesviruses
25. Baculoviruses
26. Poxviruses
27. Viruses of Algae and Mimivirus
28. Retroviruses
29. Human Immunodeficiency Virus
30. Hepadnaviruses
31. Viroids and Hepatitis Delta Virus
32. Prions
33. Intrinsic Cellular Defenses Against Virus Infection
34. Innate and Adaptive Immune Responses to Virus Infection
35. Antiviral Vaccines
36. Antiviral Chemotherapy
37. Eukaryotic Virus Vectors
• New and improved comprehensive, illustrative art program. The text contains a number of new four-color figures which focus on the individual steps in virus replication and helps draw students' attention to important concepts and details.
• Additional coverage on viruses of Archaea, plant viruses, viruses of algae and the giant mimivirus
“I like the overall organization and “directness” in the writing. The chapter outlines that cover the basic features of the virus discussed are quite useful. The illustrations are clear and easy to interpret.”  -Michael Graves, University of Massachusetts – Lowell

“Having each chapter that covers a specific virus written by an expert in the field then having Acheson bring the material into a common style is an excellent approach. I enjoy the slight stylistic differences that I find in the chapters, but Acheson has a direct and concise approach that makes the information throughout the text understandable for students. Chapters are short and direct. The table of contents is informative. Sections within the chapters are logically organized and headings are informative. The boxes provide interesting side topics in an extremely concise manner. Overall, I find Acheson to be an excellent text.” -William Tapprich, University of Nebraska – Omaha

“The conceptual approach to virus biology is the greatest strength of the text. The book has the appropriate level of molecular detail and it is presented in a manner that an undergraduate can readily grasp. It is a highly readable text.” -Sharon Roberts, Auburn University

• Chapter stories. Chapters are designed to tell stories about specific virus families, presenting information on well-studied viruses. This approach helps students to learn about virology in a simple and logical fashion.
• Full-color figures. Numerous full-color figures focus on individual steps in virus replication. These figures complement the text and draw the attention of students to important concepts.
• Text boxes throughout the book feature exciting and current developments in molecular virology or practical applications of viruses in science and medicine. These highlights encourage students to discover new information about virology from other sources.
• Key terms, fundamental concepts, and review questions at the end of each chapter help students review and organize information they have learned.
• Extended coverage. This second edition has new chapters on viruses of plants, algae, and archaea, host responses to virus infection, and the host immune system. All other chapters have been revised and updated.
• Information on human pathogens. Includes chapters on important human pathogens such as herpes viruses, hepatitis B and C viruses, human immunodeficiency virus, influenza viruses, measles virus, poliovirus, smallpox virus, West Nile virus, and others.