OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Viruses: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780198811718

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¥1,628
著者: 
Dorothy H. Crawford
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168 ページ
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Paperback
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111 x 174 mm
刊行日
2018年03月
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Very Short Introductions

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  • Outlines the origins, structure, and method of infection for a vast variety of viruses affecting us today
  • Includes the recent epidemics of Ebola, Zika, and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome
  • Discusses the impact of global warming on the spread of vector-transmitted viruses, and the effects this has on populations previously untouched by the viruses
  • Looks at the development of vaccines and the remarkable changes it has brought in our relationship with viruses
  • Evaluates the evidence for cancer-causing viruses
  • Considers the role of 'good' viruses in controlling the marine environment, and maintaining the ocean's delicate ecosystem

New to this Edition:

  • Considers the recent epidemics of Ebola, Zika, and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome
  • Discusses the impact of global warming on the spread of vector-transmitted viruses, and the effects this has on populations previously untouched by the viruses
  • Considers the importance of air travel in facilitating the international spread of viruses in the twenty first century

  
Viruses are big news. From pandemics such as HIV, to swine flu, and SARS, we are constantly being bombarded with information about new lethal infections. In this Very Short Introduction Dorothy Crawford demonstrates how clever these entities really are. From their discovery and the unravelling of their intricate structures, Crawford demonstrates how these tiny parasites are by far the most abundant life forms on the planet. With up to two billion of them in each litre of sea water, viruses play a vital role in controlling the marine environment, and are essential to the ocean's delicate ecosystem. 
  
In this fully updated edition, Crawford recounts stories of renowned killer viruses such as the recent Ebola and Zika epidemics, as well as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, and considers the importance of air travel in facilitating the international spread of viruses in the twenty first century. Discussing the impact of global warming, which is increasing the range of vector-transmitted viruses such as dengue, yellow fever, and West Nile virus, she also considers the effect this will have on native populations in subtropical and temperate climates of the Americas, Australasia, and Europe. By examining our lifestyle in the 21st century, Crawford looks to the future to ask whether we can ever live in harmony with viruses, and considers the ways in which we may need to adapt to prevent emerging viruses with devastating consequences.

目次: 

1: What are viruses?
2: Viruses are everywhere
3: Kill or be killed
4: Emerging virus infections 1 - vertebrate-transmitted viruses
5: Emerging Virus Infections 2 - Arthropod-Transmitted Viruses Word count: 2,715
6: Epidemics and pandemics
7: Persistent viruses
8: Tumour viruses
9: Turning the tables
10: Viruses past, present, and future
Further Reading
Index

著者について: 

Dorothy H. Crawford was professor of medical microbiology at the University of Edinburgh from 1997-2010 and assistant principal for public understanding of medicine from 2005-2011. She was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2001 and received an OBE for services to medicine and higher education in 2005. She is the author of The Invisible Enemy (OUP, 2000); Deadly Companions (OUP, 2007); Virus Hunt (OUP, 2013); and Ebola (OUP, 2016).

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