Encyclopedia of Virology - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780123744104

Encyclopedia of Virology

3rd Edition

eBook ISBN: 9780123744104
Imprint: Academic Press


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Encyclopedia of Virology, Third Edition continues its success as the largest single reference source of current research in virology. Unique in its use of concise “mini-review” articles, this praised work covers biological, molecular, and medical topics concerning viruses in animals, plants, bacteria and insects. Now in five volumes, this new edition has been extensively revised and updated to reflect the 50% increase in identified and accepted viruses since the year 2000. With over 25% new chapters and over 1000 illustrations, this edition takes into account the new developments in virology research by including information on new emerging diseases such as avian flu, SARS and West Nile and the ability of some viruses to be used as agents of bioterrorism. Edited by leading Virologists Mahy and van Regenmortel, this third edition remains the number one all-inclusive source of information for virology researchers, students, and reference departments of academic, medical, and corporate libraries.

Key Features

  • Extensive coverage on AIDS and HIV, viral immunology and vaccines, the economic importance and control of virus diseases, and the origin, history, evolution and phylogeny of viruses –NEW! 
  • Four color throughout –NEW! 
  • Sections on future perspectives that show the direction of current research
  • 25% NEW articles
  • Glossary of key terms for easy referencing
  • Information on viruses of human clinical interest, including the virus causing SARS –NEW!
  • More than 20% NEW virus classifications
  • The most recent information from the 8th International Committee on Taxonomy and Classification of Viruses –NEW!
  • Recommendations for further reading and a list of other relevant entries


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Praise for the Second Edition:
"...The organisation of the work ensures constant clarity and makes research easier...includes a large number of renowned international scientists as authors...the authors ensure that the content of the work is of very high quality...This book should not be missing from any biomedical facility nor any biological institute... In this context the availability of the online version is very welcome...The price... is very reasonable." --Arzneimittel-Forschung (Drug Research)

Praise for the First Edition:
"No other source that I am aware of allows the reader to look up, in alphabetical organization, virtually any virus of animals, plants, or bacteria." --American Society For Microbiology News

"For a long time there has been a gap in the virological literature...the Encyclopedia of Virology aims to fill this gap and does so admirably." --The Times Higher Education Supplement

"I consider this encyclopedia to be a valuable addition to my own virology library. I believe the readership which will most benefit by this work includes basic scientists in virology and microbiology. If clinicians, students, and others need access to this information, they will find it on the shelves of libraries which choose to house this compilation, and I hope that many libraries will make that choice." --Harley A. Rotbart, University of Colorado School of Medicine, in ASM News

"Recent advances in virological research have been extraordinary, but the finding of new strains has also kept abreast of them. In June, 1993, a new strain of hantavirus was uncovered in the four-corners area of the U.S. (14 states were found to have had cases in the latest count), leading virologists to scramble to isolate the virus. This was accomplished in November of the same year, when it was found in the excreta of deer mice. This and many other virus results are repor