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Viruses : essential agents of life

Author: Günther Witzany
Publisher: Dordrecht : Springer, 2012.
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This book collects and analyzes information and data encompassing a decade of rapid progress in discovery and understanding of the important roles of viruses, both in the evolution of all life and as  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Günther Witzany
ISBN: 9789400748989 9400748981 9789400748996 940074899X
OCLC Number: 825041329
Description: 427 Seiten : Illustrationen
Contents: Preface; Guenther Witzany.- 1. Revolutionary struggle for existence: introduction to four intriguing puzzles in virus research; Matti Jalasvuori.- 2. Quasispecies dynamics of RNA viruses; Miguel Angel Martinez et al.- 3. The origin of virions and virocells: the escape hypothesis revisited; Patrick Forterre, Mart Krupovic.- 4. Scratching the Surface of Biology's Dark Matter; Merry Youle et al.- 5. Virus universe: can it be constructed from a limited number of viral architectures; Hanna M. Oksanen et al.- 6. The addiction module as a social force; Luis Villarreal.- 7. Viral integration and consequences on host gene expression; Sebastien Desfarges, Angela Ciuffi.- 8. Persistent plant viruses: molecular hitchhikers or epigenetic elements?; Marilyn Roossinck.- 9. The concept of virus in the post-Megavirus era; Jean Michel Claverie, Chantal Abergel.- 10. Unpacking the baggage : Origin and Evolution of Giant Viruses; Jonathan Filee, Michael Chandler.- 11. Megavirales composing a fourth domain of life: Mimiviridae and Marseilleviridae; Philippe Colson, Didier Raoult.- 12. On viruses, bats and men: a natural history of food-borne viral infections; Harald Brussow.- 13. LTR retroelement-derived protein-coding genes and vertebrate evolution; Domitille Chalopin et al.- 14. Koala retrovirus endogenisation in action; Rachael Tarlington.- 15. The evolutionary interplay between exogenous and endogenous sheep betaretroviruses; Alessia Armezzani et al.- 16. Endogenous retroviruses and the epigenome ; Andrew B. Conley, I.King Jordan.- 17. From viruses to genes: syncytins; Philippe Perot et al.- 18. Hepatitis G Virus or GBV-C: A Natural Anti-HIV Interfering Virus; Omar Bagasra et al.- 19. Salutary Contributions of Viruses to Medicine and Public Health; Steve Abedon.- 20. From Molecular Entities to Competent Agents: Viral Infection-Derived Consortia Act as Natural Genetic Engineers; Guenther Witzany.
Responsibility: edited by Günther Witzany.


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