Essential Human Virology

Essential Human Virology

2nd Edition - April 1, 2022
  • Author: Jennifer Louten
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323905657

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Essential Human Virology, Second Edition focuses on the structure and classification of viruses, virus transmission and virus replication strategies based upon type of viral nucleic acid. Several chapters focus on notable and recognizable viruses and the diseases caused by them, including influenza, HIV, hepatitis viruses, poliovirus, herpesviruses and emerging and dangerous viruses. Additionally, how viruses cause disease (pathogenesis) is highlighted, along with discussions on immune response to viruses, vaccines, anti-viral drugs, gene therapy, the beneficial uses of viruses, research laboratory assays and viral diagnosis assays. Fully revised and updated with new chapters on coronaviruses, nonliving infectious agents, and notable non-human viruses, the book provides students with a solid foundation in virology.

Key Features

  • Focuses on human diseases and the cellular pathology that viruses cause
  • Highlights current and cutting-edge technology and associated issues
  • Presents real case studies and current news highlights in each chapter
  • Features dynamic illustrations, chapter assessment questions, key terms, and a summary of concepts, as well as an instructor website with lecture slides, a test bank and recommended activities
  • Updated and revised, with new chapters on coronaviruses, nonliving infectious agents, and notable non-human viruses


Advanced undergraduate students studying virology, biology, biotechnology, microbiology, medical technology, or molecular biology. Researchers looking to enter virology as a new field

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    2. Viral Structure and Classification
    3. Virus Replication, Part 1: Attachment, Penetration, and Uncoating
    4. Virus Replication, Part 2: Genome Replication
    5. Virus Replication, Part 3: Assembly, Maturation, and Release
    6. Diagnosis of Viral Infections
    7. Virus Transmission, Entry, and Spread
    8. The Immune Response to Viruses
    9. Vaccines, Antivirals, and the Beneficial Uses of Viruses
    10. Viruses and Cancer
    11. Influenza
    12. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
    13. Hepatitis Viruses
    14. Herpesviruses
    15. Poliovirus
    16. Rabies
    17. Gastroenteritis viruses
    18. Poxviruses
    19. Emerging and dangerous viruses
    20. Subviral agents (entities) and the evolution of viruses

    1. Features of Host Cells: Molecular and Cellular Biology Review
    A cell and molecular biology review that discusses the characteristics of DNA, RNA, and protein; the Central Dogma of molecular biology; and cellular features that are important in understanding virus replication strategies
    2. Abbreviations and Glossary

Product details

  • No. of pages: 400
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: April 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323905657

About the Author

Jennifer Louten

Dr. Jennifer Louten received her doctoral degree from Brown University Medical School, where she investigated the cellular targets of infection and the induction of type 1 interferons following infection with lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus. Dr. Louten is currently an associate professor of biology at Kennesaw State University, where she has served as a Teaching Fellow and developed courses in virology, biotechnology, immunology, and cell culture techniques. She is presently the biotechnology program coordinator and the director of a scholarship program sponsored by a National Science Foundation grant. She is the recipient of a Kennesaw State University Outstanding Early Career Faculty Award and the Student Government Association’s Faculty of the Year Award. Before becoming a professor, Dr. Louten performed research in drug discovery at Schering-Plough Biopharma (currently Merck Research Laboratories). She received her Bachelor of Science in biotechnology from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor of Biology; Director, Scholars in STEM Program; Director, Advanced Majors Program, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA, USA