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a diminutive volume that provides a surprisinly complete and beautifully readable overview to this topic - all without resorting to specialist jargon. (The Guardian)

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Viruses are big news. From pandemics such as HIV, swine flu, and SARS, we are constantly being bombarded with information about new lethal infections. In this Very Short Introduction Dorothy Crawford demonstrates how clever these entities really are. From their discovery and the unravelling of their intricate structures, Crawford demonstrates how these tiny parasites are by far the most abundant life forms on the planet. With up to two billion of them in each litre of sea water, viruses play a vital role in controlling the marine environment and are essential to the ocean's delicate ecosystem. Analyzing the threat of emerging virus infections, Crawford recounts stories of renowned killer viruses such as Ebola and rabies as well as the less known bat-borne Nipah and Hendra viruses. Pinpointing wild animals as the source of the most recent pandemics, she discusses the reasons behind the present increase in potentially fatal infections, as well as evidence suggesting that long term viruses can eventually lead to cancer. By examining our lifestyle in the 21st century, Crawford looks to the future to ask whether we can ever live in harmony with viruses, and considers the ways in which we may need to adapt to prevent emerging viruses with devastating consequences. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Viruses are Everywhere 8 septembre 2011
Par Dr. Bojan Tunguz - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Viruses are some of the most fascinating of all biological entities. They exist in a gap between the living and non-living, and have consistently challenged our notions about life. They also tend to cause some of the most deadly and infectious of all diseases, and it is precisely within this context that most of us think about viruses. Nonetheless, viruses are interesting in their own right and they teach us a lot about how the machinery of life works.

This very short introduction gives a fairly comprehensive view of viruses: their discovery, their properties, their classifications, their mechanisms of replications, and the ways they spread and infect other living organisms. Most of the book is devoted to the epidemiological aspects of viruses, but there is also enough introductory information on viruses' physiological and microbiological aspects. The book is a very good resource that can clarify your understanding of viruses and dispel some myths and misconceptions. It is very readable and for the most part
devoid of the prohibitive technical jargon. It achieves the right balance of scientific information and practical considerations suitable for the general audience. If you have any interest in viruses you'll enjoy reading this book.
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Great Introduction 3 février 2012
Par James - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This is a great book for people like me, an engineer with no biology background whatsoever. Never took a biology class. But, I can read.

If you want a short but reasonably complete introduction into viruses, this is a great book. You won't be a virology expert, but you do get a feel for what kinds of viruses exist and how they spread. Lots of good information.

It's not really Viruses for Dummies. If you're reasonably intelligent and can supplement with some Wikipedia searches, you'll gain a lot of information into viruses and how they work.
7 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A stimulating introduction to the most abundant form of microbe on Earth 13 juin 2013
Par E. A. Lovitt - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This is my second 'Very Short Introduction' book, and I've found them to be both well-written and factual. Plus they're the perfect size to store in my purse for those long, boring sit-downs in the doctor's waiting room (not to mention the long boring lie-downs in the examination room).

'Viruses' started out with slight misstep--it placed Antonie van Leeuwenhoek in the 16th century--but as far as I could tell, the rest of the book is error-free. It is made up of a series of detective stories: the discovery of disease-causing microbes that were able to pass through bacteria-trapping filters; the detection of emerging virus infections such as SARS; the discovery of viruses that cause tumors; and of course, the research on methods of preventing or ameliorating viral infections.

The question as to whether viruses are alive always provokes a lively discussion. According to this author: "Because virus particles are inert, without the ability to generate energy or manufacture proteins independently, they are not generally regarded as living organisms." She is obviously on the side of viruses as non-living, able to reproduce only after hijacking a living cell's internal machinery. Different types of viruses are described and classified, one of the biggest differences being whether the virus has an RNA or a DNA genome. The RNA viruses tend to mutate much more quickly, including such infamous examples as measles and HIV.

Only a very small number of viruses cause diseases in animals and plants. In the chapter "Viruses are everywhere" the author states: "It is now clear that viruses form a huge biomass of enormous variety and complexity in the environment, the whole being aptly termed the 'virosphere'...Microbes are by far the most abundant life form on Earth. Globally, there are about 5x10 (to the 30th power) bacteria, and viruses are at least 10 times more common." It is estimated that there are 100 million different types of viruses! In this 'Very Short Introduction' there is only room for a brief discussion on the ecological impact of viruses, but the author presents some fascinating examples: the role of viruses in Earth's carbon cycle; the way some species of aphid use viruses to protect themselves from parasitic wasps; and the natural cycle of cholera.

I highly recommend this book as a stimulating introduction to the most abundant form of microbe (living or not) on Earth.
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Just What I Needed 27 février 2014
Par Rodger Shepherd - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
It has been over 40 years since I took microbiology in medical school. Since them I have accumulated fragments of new information. I needed an overview that would bring these fragments together in a coherent contemporary framework and fill in the big gaps. This book did exactly that for me. Furthermore the book is easy to read. I think that I will reread it to improve my retention of the material that was new to me.
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A very short, but well written introduction 19 janvier 2013
Par Moon Shim - Publié sur
Format: Broché
This book took me only a day (less than) to finish, and at the end of the day, I was able to extract a lot of useful and basic information from the book to get the "introduction" of the viruses.

As seeing my interest toward biology, my father offered me this book to give me an idea of the virosphere, and I cannot thank him enough for this great book. There are also book with the following title, that are also done well, "Deadly Companions: How microbes shaped our history", "The Invisible Enemy: A Natural History of Viruses", and "Virus Hunt: The search for the origin of HIV/AIDs"

This book offers solid facts about the viruses, but it doesn't mean that it is boring. It introduces numerous viruses that played a massive role in our history, causing an empire to fall, and a war to end. It gives you all "famous" microbe including HIV, and Ebola viruses (so on and so forth).

I think that this book is well written, easy to understand, short and quick, and also enjoyable. This book is not necessary for scholars and scientists but for normal everyday people like me. I recommend it, it is currently about only 10 dollars, and it is definitely worth buying even if you are not into biology and the studies of life. It is an introduction, after all.
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