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A Planet of Viruses

Zimmer, Carl (Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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 vast range of other diseases, including one disorder that makes people sprout branch-like growths as if they were trees. 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 discovering viruses everywhere they look: in the soil, in the ocean, even in caves miles underground. This fascinating book explores the hidden world of viruses--a world that we all inhabit. Here Carl Zimmer, popular science writer and author of Discover magazine's award-winning 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 of 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 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. The New York Times Book Review calls Carl Zimmer "as fine a science essayist as we have." A Planet of Viruses is sure to please his many fans and further enhance his reputation as one of America's most respected and admired science journalists.
Authors: Zimmer, Carl, 1966-
Title: A planet of viruses
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c2011
Characteristics: x, 109 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.) ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Carl Zimmer
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
ISBN: 9780226983356
0226983358
Branch Call Number: 362.1969 Z721p 2011
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Viruses
Topical Term: Viruses
LCCN: 2010036742
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Each chapter in this book has detailed information for a different virus such as the rhinovirus and HIV. A great source for reports by the expert in the field.


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