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A planet of viruses

Author: Carl Zimmer
Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2012, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Pbk. 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: 981319055
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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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 our fate for years to come. In this eye-opening tour through the frontiers of biology, where scientists are expanding our understanding of life as we know it, we learn that some treatments for the common cold do more harm to us than good; that the world's oceans are home to an astonishing number of viruses; and that the evolution of HIV is now in overdrive, spawning more mutated strains than we care to imagine.

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