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Viruses: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Dorothy H. Crawford

March 2018

ISBN: 9780198811718

176 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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From modern pandemics such as HIV, Ebola, and Zika, to stories of vaccination and antiviral drugs, this Very Short Introduction charts our struggle against viruses. Outlining their origins, structure, and method of infection, Dorothy Crawford explores the vast variety of viruses, and asks if we can live in harmony with them in the future.

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From modern pandemics such as HIV, Ebola, and Zika, to stories of vaccination and antiviral drugs, this Very Short Introduction charts our struggle against viruses. Outlining their origins, structure, and method of infection, Dorothy Crawford explores the vast variety of viruses, and asks if we can live in harmony with them in the future.

  • Outlines the origins, structure, and method of infection for a vast variety of viruses affecting us today
  • Includes the recent epidemics of Ebola, Zika, and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome
  • Discusses the impact of global warming on the spread of vector-transmitted viruses, and the effects this has on populations previously untouched by the viruses
  • Looks at the development of vaccines and the remarkable changes it has brought in our relationship with viruses
  • Evaluates the evidence for cancer-causing viruses
  • Considers the role of 'good' viruses in controlling the marine environment, and maintaining the ocean's delicate ecosystem
  • Part of the Very Short Introduction series - over nine million copies sold worldwide

New to this edition

  • Considers the recent epidemics of Ebola, Zika, and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome
  • Discusses the impact of global warming on the spread of vector-transmitted viruses, and the effects this has on populations previously untouched by the viruses
  • Considers the importance of air travel in facilitating the international spread of viruses in the twenty first century

About the Author(s)

Dorothy H. Crawford, Emeritus Professor of Medical Microbiology, University of Edinburgh

Dorothy H. Crawford was professor of medical microbiology at the University of Edinburgh from 1997-2010 and assistant principal for public understanding of medicine from 2005-2011. She was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2001 and received an OBE for services to medicine and higher education in 2005. She is the author of The Invisible Enemy (OUP, 2000); Deadly Companions (OUP, 2007); Virus Hunt (OUP, 2013); and Ebola (OUP, 2016).

Table of Contents

    1:What are viruses?
    2:Viruses are everywhere
    3:Kill or be killed
    4:Emerging virus infections 1 - vertebrate-transmitted viruses
    5:Emerging Virus Infections 2 - Arthropod-Transmitted Viruses Word count: 2,715
    6:Epidemics and pandemics
    7:Persistent viruses
    8:Tumour viruses
    9:Turning the tables
    10:Viruses past, present, and future
    Further Reading
    Index

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