Principles of Virology

Principles of Virology
4th Ed.
2015 © American Society for Microbiology
Anna Marie Skalka; Glenn F. Rall; Jane Flint; Lynn W. Enquist; Vincent R. Racaniello
ISBN-13: 978-1-55581-951-4
eISBN-13: 978-1-55581-952-1
Virology, Basic Sciences, Nursing


Principles of Virology is the leading virology textbook because it does more than collect and present facts about individual viruses. Instead, it facilitates an understanding of basic virology by examining the shared processes and capabilities of viruses. Using a set of representative viruses to present the complexity and diversity of a myriad of viruses, this rational approach enables students to understand how reproduction is accomplished by known viruses and provides the tools for future encounters with new or understudied viruses.

A major new feature is the inclusion of 26 video interviews with leading scientists who have made significant contributions to the field of virology. These in-depth interviews provide the background and thinking that went into the discoveries or observations connected to the concepts being taught in this text. Students will discover the personal stories and twists of fate that led the scientists to work with viruses and make their seminal discoveries.

Principles of Virology is ideal for teaching the strategies by which all viruses reproduce, spread within a host, and are maintained within populations. It is appropriate for undergraduate courses in virology and microbiology as well as graduate courses in virology and infectious diseases. Volume I: Molecular Biology covers the molecular biology of viral reproduction. Volume II: Pathogenesis & Control addresses the interplay between viruses and their host organisms. The two volumes can be used for separate courses or together in a single course. Each includes a unique appendix, glossary, and links to Internet resources such as websites, podcasts, and blogs.

Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"This excellent set can be used both as a reference and as a teaching tool. The figures are well designed and would be nice to have as a supplemental electronic source to use in lectures. Most chapters start with a thought-provoking quote. This is a reference that will be used often."

-- Rebecca Horvat, PhD, D(ABMM) (University of Kansas Medical Center) Doody's Review - previous edition


This text is written for graduate students studying viral pathogens as well as professional researchers or teachers. The authors are all accomplished researchers as well as teachers. The book is clearly very instructive and could be used as a textbook in a graduate level class on basic virology.

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