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Essential Human Virology


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This thorough textbook provides undergraduate students with a solid foundation in human virology by covering the structure and classification of viruses, as well as virus transmission and virus replication strategies, also featuring real case studies to help illustrate the cellular pathology that viruses cause in a range of human diseases

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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 Appendixes: 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

About the Author

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.

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