The ideal text for undergraduate students majoring in biology, microbiology, medical technology, or pre-med, the Second Edition of Understanding Viruses provides a balanced approach to this fascinating discipline, combining the molecular, clinical, and historical aspects of virology. Updated throughout to keep pace with this fast-paced field, the text provides a strong, comprehensive introduction to human viral diseases.
New material on molecular virology as well as new virus families presented coupled with chapters on viral diseases of animals; the history of clinical trials, gene therapy, and xenotranplantation; prions and viroids; plant viruses; and bacteriophages add to the scope of the text. Chapters discussing specific viral diseases weave in an epidemiological and global perspective and include treatment and prevention information. Contemporary case studies, Refresher Boxes, and Virus Files engage students in the learning process. With a wealth of student and instructor support tools, Understanding Viruses is an accessible, exciting, and engaging text for your virology course.
About the Author
Teri Shors received her doctoral degree from Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. Following her doctoral degree, she served as a post-doctoral fellow under the direction of Dr. Bernard Moss in the Laboratory of Viral Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. For the past ten years, Professor Shors has been a Professor of Microbiology at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh where she teaches introductory microbiology, virology and molecular and cellular biology. She has authored peer-reviewed research papers in virology. Her research specialty is poxviruses.
She was the principal investigator or co-principal investigator for a Merck/American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and several National Science Foundation (NSF) grants, including a grant to develop and write an undergraduate virology textbook to better prepare students for the rapidly changing field of viruses and viral diseases. She is a recipient of a University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Distinguished Teaching Award, an Endowed Professorship and is a Wisconsin Teaching Scholar. She serves on the American Society for Virology’s Education and Career Development Committee. Professor Shors has presented at scientific and educational conferences consistently throughout her career. She has led a number of cross-disciplinary projects at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh that have received national recognition.
Full of applicable and easy to understand examples. Makes the material interesting and doesn’t have that awful elitist tone many highly technical science textbooks are plagued by. Wonderful illustration and color to make it a bit less tedious to read.
In spite of the book being well suited to the lay person reader, the material is still very in depth, accurate, and current.
Beautiful and excellent schemes/cartoons!! In some chapters, the text should be more rich in details and pathogenesis, such as in the chapter of Papillomaviruses. I indicate for graduate students but NOT to virologists or to whom interested in details about viruses. The beautiful schemes are very didactic for class teaching.
Product Details :
- Paperback: 704 pages
- Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning; 2 edition (October 3, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449648924
- ISBN-13: 978-1449648923
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.3 x 10.5 inches