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Viruses : essential agents of life

Author: Günther Witzany
Publisher: Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, ©2012.
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A renaissance of virus research is taking centre stage in biology. Empirical data from the last decade indicate the important roles of viruses, both in the evolution of all life and as symbionts of host organisms. There is increasing evidence that all cellular life is colonized by exogenous and/or endogenous viruses in a non-lytic but persistent lifestyle. Viruses and viral parts form the most numerous genetic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Günther Witzany
ISBN: 9789400748996 940074899X
OCLC Number: 820724370
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Revolutionary Struggle for Existence: Introduction to Four Intriguing Puzzles in Virus Research / Matti Jalasvuori --
Quasispecies Dynamics of RNA Viruses / Miguel Angel Martínez, Gloria Martrus, Elena Capel, Mariona Parera and Sandra Franco, et al. --
The Origin of Virions and Virocells: The Escape Hypothesis Revisited / Patrick Forterre and Mart Krupovic --
Scratching the Surface of Biology's Dark Matter / Merry Youle, Matthew Haynes and Forest Rohwer --
Virus Universe: Can It Be Constructed from a Limited Number of Viral Architectures / Hanna M. Oksanen, Maija K. Pietilä, Ana Sencilo, Nina S. Atanasova and Elina Roine, et al. --
The Addiction Module as a Social Force / Luis P. Villarreal --
Viral Integration and Consequences on Host Gene Expression / Sébastien Desfarges and Angela Ciuffi --
Persistent Plant Viruses: Molecular Hitchhikers or Epigenetic Elements? / Marilyn J. Roossinck --
The Concept of Virus in the Post-Megavirus Era / Jean-Michel Claverie and Chantal Abergel --
Unpacking the Baggage: Origin and Evolution of Giant Viruses / Jonathan Filée and Michael Chandler --
Megavirales Composing a Fourth Domain of Life: Mimiviridae and Marseilleviridae / Philippe Colson and Didier Raoult --
On Viruses, Bats and Men: A Natural History of Food-Borne Viral Infections / Harald Brüssow --
LTR Retroelement-Derived Protein-Coding Genes and Vertebrate Evolution / Domitille Chalopin, Marta Tomaszkiewicz, Delphine Galiana and Jean-Nicolas Volff --
Koala Retrovirus Endogenisation in Action / Rachael E. Tarlinton --
The Evolutionary Interplay Between Exogenous and Endogenous Sheep Betaretroviruses / Alessia Armezzani, Lita Murphy, Thomas E. Spencer, Massimo Palmarini and Frédérick Arnaud --
Endogenous Retroviruses and the Epigenome / Andrew B. Conley and I. King Jordan --
From Viruses to Genes: Syncytins / Philippe Pérot, Pierre-Adrien Bolze and François Mallet --
Hepatitis G Virus or GBV-C: A Natural Anti-HIV Interfering Virus / Omar Bagasra, Muhammad Sheraz and Donald Gene Pace --
Salutary Contributions of Viruses to Medicine and Public Health / Stephen T. Abedon --
From Molecular Entities to Competent Agents: Viral Infection-Derived Consortia Act as Natural Genetic Engineers / Günther Witzany.
Responsibility: Günther Witzany, editor.
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