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A planet of viruses

Author: Carl Zimmer
Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, ©2011.
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Viruses are the smallest living things known to science, and yet they hold the entire planet in their sway. We are most familiar with the viruses that give us colds or the flu, but viruses also cause a vast range of other diseases. Viruses have been a part of our lives for so long, in fact, that we are actually part virus: the human genome contains more DNA from viruses than our own genes. Meanwhile, scientists are  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carl Zimmer
ISBN: 9780226983356 0226983358 9780226983363 0226983366
OCLC Number: 660161984
Description: x, 109 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: "A contagious living fluid" : tobacco mosaic virus --
Old Companions. The uncommon cold: rhinovirus --
Looking down from the stars: influenza virus --
Rabbits with horns: human papillomavirus --
Everywhere, in All Things. --
The enemy of our enemy: bacteriophages --
The infected ocean: marine phages --
Our inner parasites: endogenous retroviruses --
The Viral Future. The young scourge: human immunodeficiency virus --
Becoming an American: West Nile virus --
Predicting the next plague: severe acute respiratory syndrome and ebola --
The long goodbye: smallpox --
The alien in the watercooler: mimivirus.
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Science writer Carl Zimmer presents the latest research on how viruses hold sway over our lives and our biosphere, how viruses helped give rise to the first life-forms, how viruses are producing new  Read more...

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Talk about doing more with less. Viruses do it, and this book does it. So complex a field as the fast-moving frontier of knowledge about viruses needs a superb introduction. Here it is.A"-Stewart Read more...

 
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