Essential Human Virology,
Edition 2
By Jennifer Louten

Publication Date: 20 Jun 2022

*Textbook and Academic Authors Association (TAA) Textbook Excellence Award Winner, 2024*

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
About the author
By Jennifer Louten, Professor of Biology; Director, Scholars in STEM Program; Director, Advanced Majors Program, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA, USA
Table of Contents
1. Introduction
2. Viral Structure and Classification
3. Features of Host Cells: Molecular and Cellular Biology Review
4. Virus Replication
5. Virus Transmission, Entry, and Spread
6. The Immune Response to Viruses
7. Virology Research and Diagnosis of Viral Infections
8. Vaccines, Anti-Virals, and the Beneficial Uses of Viruses
9. Viruses and Cancer
10. Influenza
11. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
12. Hepatitis Viruses
13. Herpesviruses
14. Coronaviruses
15. Poliovirus
16. Poxviruses
17. Emerging and dangerous viruses
18. Notable Non-Human Viruses and Nonliving Infectious Agents
1. Abbreviations
2. Glossary
Book details
ISBN: 9780323905657
Page Count: 416
Illustrations : Approx. 300 illustrations (300 in full color)
Retail Price : £76.95

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