Viruses: Essential Agents of Life

Editors: Witzany, Guenther (Ed.)

  • Most recent empirical knowledge on viruses and their role in evolution and environment
  • Assembles most leading experts in their field
  • Changes biology paradigm from cell first to virus first perspective
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A renaissance of virus research is taking centre stage in biology. Empirical data from the last decade indicate the important roles of viruses, both in the evolution of all life and as symbionts of host organisms. There is increasing evidence that all cellular life is colonized by exogenous and/or endogenous viruses in a non-lytic but persistent lifestyle. Viruses and viral parts form the most numerous genetic matter on this planet.

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“Viruses: Essential Agents of life … is a great way to kick off the next 100 years of virology, with nary a reductionist thought to be found within its 427 pages. … readers will find many exciting reasons to be a virologist (amateur or professional) at the dawn of the 21st century.” (Welkin Johnson, Small Things Considered, schaechter.asmblog.org, January, 2013)

“It is a compilation of 19 chapters, each written by one or more experts, and each comprising an overview, or opinion or essay on a different facet of the general theme. … this book offers a topically relevant compendium for biologists, evolutionary biologists, geneticists and molecular biologists interested in how viruses have contributed to host evolution and, perhaps, even to the origins of life on Earth.” (Frank Ryan, Symbiosis, Vol. 60, 2013)


Table of contents (20 chapters)

  • Revolutionary Struggle for Existence: Introduction to Four Intriguing Puzzles in Virus Research

    Jalasvuori, Matti

    Pages 1-19

  • Quasispecies Dynamics of RNA Viruses

    Martínez, Miguel Angel (et al.)

    Pages 21-42

  • The Origin of Virions and Virocells: The Escape Hypothesis Revisited

    Forterre, Patrick (et al.)

    Pages 43-60

  • Scratching the Surface of Biology’s Dark Matter

    Youle, Merry (et al.)

    Pages 61-81

  • Virus Universe: Can It Be Constructed from a Limited Number of Viral Architectures

    Oksanen, Hanna M. (et al.)

    Pages 83-105

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Viruses: Essential Agents of Life
Editors
  • Guenther Witzany
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-4899-6
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-4899-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-4898-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9233-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 428
Topics