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Viruses
  • Format
  • HARDCOVER
  • Authored by: Phill Jones
  • From the Series: Science Foundations
  • Trim Size: 7 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 1604133414
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-60413-341-7
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 10/01/2011
  • Dewey Number: 579
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 138

Summary

No one knows the origins of viruses. They have been on Earth for so long that it is believed that they may predate the first living cells. Today, viruses are found around the world, infecting bacteria and the cells of plants, fungi, animals, and humans. Viruses are parasites that cannot copy themselves and must invade other forms of life to reproduce. As they invade, viruses can inflict fatal diseases and transform normal cells into tumor cells. In Viruses, examine the life cycles of these tiny parasites, the ways they affect their hosts, and the ways that their ability to mutate present an ongoing challenge to the medical community.

Specifications

Full-color photographs and illustrations. Sidebars. Further reading. Web sites. References. Glossary. Index.

About the Author(s)

Phill Jones earned a Ph.D. in physiology/pharmacology from the University of California, San Diego. After completing postdoctoral training at Stanford University School of Medicine, he joined the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Kentucky Medical Center as an assistant professor. There, he taught topics in molecular biology and medicine and researched aspects of gene expression. He later earned a J.D. at the University of Kentucky College of Law.

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