Molecular Basis of Virus Evolution

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Adrian J. Gibbs, Charles H. Calisher, Fernando García-Arenal
Cambridge University Press, Nov 17, 2005 - Medical - 624 pages
Advances in molecular biology have enabled leaps forward in the determination of virus phylogenetic history. This detailed 1995 book results from the invitation to foremost experts to give essays on aspects of virus biology. Initial chapters cover impacts of viruses and their control. Further chapters detail genetic variation of viruses and the molecular basis of interrelations with hosts. This leads to discussions of interactions with the host at the population level, and their molecular basis and evolution. Seventeen chapters follow, by specialists on particular groups of viruses describing their impact, genetic origins, sources of variation, population genetics and interactions with hosts. Practical virologists will find the chapters on phylogenetic analysis techniques very useful. The adaptive nature of viruses makes this work highly relevant to evolutionists.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction and guide The editors
1
Part I The impact of viral diseases
11
Part II Origins of viruses and their genes
47
Part III Sources of virus variation
103
Part IV Molecular interactions of viruses and their hosts
133
Part V Viruses hosts and populations
179
Part VI Case studies of viral taxa their systematics and evolution
253
Part VII Techniques for viral systematics
545
Index
586
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