The Invisible Enemy: A Natural History of Viruses
Here is a compelling scientific account of viruses, their history, and the dangers they pose--now and in the future. Viruses are disarmingly small and simple. Nevertheless, the smallpox virus killed over 300 million people in the twentieth century before it was eradicated in 1980. The AIDS virus, HIV, is now the world's biggest killer infection and the single most common c...more
Paperback, 275 pages
Published April 3rd 2003 by Oxford University Press
(first published September 1st 2000)
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I'm currently a genetics major with a minor in micro. This book is very well put together, it explains viruses beautifully in layman's vocabulary. The only thing I didn't like is she makes the distinction we came from apes, this is a common misconception, in reality evolutionary theory states we only shared a common ancestor. Will post more when I finish reading.
An amazingly well researched and well written book that covers all aspects of viruses and their interactions with the living world. Investigates the hypothesized origins of viruses, how they invade living cells and appropriate the DNA of the cell to make more viruses, and the historical impact of viruses such as HIV and influenza.