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Cellular and Molecular Biology of Viruses is a new undergraduate textbook focusing on how viruses interact with host cells at a molecular level. All the major classes of viruses are included, with separate chapters for the replication and expression strategies of the different classes, and integrated chapters for mechanisms that are common across the classes: attachment, entry, and assembly.
The mechanistic chapters are followed by a discussion of the overall effect of viral infection on the host cell, both for infections that kill the host cell and for infections that don’t. Coverage of the immune system is limited to the interplay between host defenses (both innate and adaptive) and viruses. Also included are anti-viral therapies and the medical applications of viruses, such as their use in gene therapy. The book finishes with a chapter on viral evolution: where viruses came from and how they became what they are today.
Coverage of molecular mechanisms is rigorous but not overwhelming, making the text suitable for students to read before class. Each chapter ends with conceptual questions and there are separate experimental design and data analysis questions.