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Viruses are big news. From pandemics such as HIV, 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.

Analyzing the threat of emerging virus infections, Crawford recounts stories of renowned killer viruses such as Ebola and rabies as well as the less known bat-borne Nipah and Hendra viruses. Pinpointing wild animals as the source of the most recent pandemics, she discusses the reasons behind the present increase in potentially fatal infections, as well as evidence suggesting that long term viruses can eventually lead to cancer.

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.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1397 KB
  • Print Length: 177 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0199574855
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1st edition (28 July 2011)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JC0R5W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

It’s catchy

6 people found this helpful.
 on 5 August 2013
By J. Morris
The Very Short Introduction series are written by professors of the subject and are aimed at provoking cross-discipline intrigue in the reader that may incite further investigation and reading – and boy are they good at achieving exactly that; often they leave more questions than answers.

a non-fiction page-turner

5 people found this helpful.
 on 11 September 2013
By Mr R
This book is amazingly readable (having read ‘The Invisible Enemy’ by the same author, several years back, I expected greater technical detail and higher demands on concentration). There are many commendable features:

Best guide to viruses

One person found this helpful.
 on 6 December 2015
By Dr. R. H. Webber
A very good review of the subject in a very handy volume. Well written and easy to understand.

Five Stars

 on 7 December 2016
By Wayne
Great series

an excellent synopsis

22 people found this helpful.
 on 26 August 2011
By Stephen
This introduction to viruses is avowedly written for the general reader, and covers the topic very comprehensively for such a short book. I knew almost nothing about viruses except that they make me ill. I did not know that the oceans are teeming with viruses and that viruses go back a long way into history; and that many of them do not make people ill. The author describes clearly and carefully the properties and characteristics of viruses, how they function as parasites in animal and plant cells, and what can be done to counter them. (Keeping away from Africa and bats seems to be advisable.) I’m no biologist, but I felt I was not being patronised, and I was left much better informed.

Useful, reference material

2 people found this helpful.
 on 6 February 2013
By SMK
A brief and concise overview, useful as reference material and introduction to virology. Not in depth for more experienced virologists but a useful tool none the less

cracking good read

One person found this helpful.
 on 9 March 2014
By G. Gromble
one of those books that enthrals and prompts one to go and find out more. just what one would hope from a very short introduction.

Good Introduction to viruses

4 people found this helpful.
 on 21 January 2013
By Webbo78
This book is a really good starting point for anyone with an interest in or studying virology. I am currently doing a degree in zoology and found this book very useful and informative in helping with my microbial module.
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