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A planet of viruses

Author: Carl Zimmer
Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2012, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : Paperback edView all editions and formats
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Explore the hidden world of viruses, a world that each of us inhabits. Here the author, science writer and author of Discover magazine's blog The Loom, 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 diseases, how we can harness viruses for our own ends, and how viruses will continue to control  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carl Zimmer
ISBN: 9780226983363 0226983366
OCLC Number: 759607618
Description: x, 109 p. : col. ill. ; 22 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 : papillomavirus --
Everywhere, in all things --
The enemy of our enemy : bacteriophages --
Oceans of viruses : marine phages --
The infected genome : 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 --
The long goodbye : smallpox --
The alien in the watercooler : mimivirus.
Responsibility: Carl Zimmer.

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Viruses are the smallest living things known to science, 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  Read more...

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"In A Planet of Viruses, science writer Carl Zimmer accomplishes in a mere 100 pages what other authors struggle to do in 500: He reshapes our understanding of the hidden realities at the core of Read more...

 
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