Virus: An Illustrated Guide to 101 Incredible Microbes

Virus: An Illustrated Guide to 101 Incredible Microbes


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An essential illustrated guide to the 101 most fascinating viruses

This stunningly illustrated book provides a rare window into the amazing, varied, and often beautiful world of viruses. Contrary to popular belief, not all viruses are bad for you. In fact, several are beneficial to their hosts, and many are crucial to the health of our planet. Virus offers an unprecedented look at 101 incredible microbes that infect all branches of life on Earth—from humans and other animals to insects, plants, fungi, and bacteria.

Featuring hundreds of breathtaking color images throughout, this guide begins with a lively and informative introduction to virology. Here readers can learn about the history of this unique science, how viruses are named, how their genes work, how they copy and package themselves, how they interact with their hosts, how immune systems counteract viruses, and how viruses travel from host to host. The concise entries that follow highlight important or interesting facts about each virus. Learn about the geographic origins of dengue and why old tires and unused pots help the virus to spread. Read about Ebola, Zika, West Nile, Frog virus 3, the Tulip breaking virus, and many others—how they were discovered, what their hosts are, how they are transmitted, whether or not there is a vaccine, and much more. Each entry is easy to read and includes a graphic of the virus, and nearly every entry features a colorized image of the virus as seen through the microscope.

Written by a leading authority, this handsomely illustrated guide reveals the unseen wonders of the microbial world. It will give you an entirely new appreciation for viruses.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691166964
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 09/20/2016
Edition description: Illustrate
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 449,633
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Marilyn J. Roossinck is professor of virus ecology in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology at Pennsylvania State University. She lives in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Introduction 8

What is a virus? 10

History of virology 12

Timeline 16

Virus controversies 18

A virus classification scheme 20

Replication 22

Packaging 36

Transmission 38

Lifestyles of viruses 40

Immunity 44

Remarkable Viruses 101


Chikungunya virus 52

Dengue virus 54

Ebola virus 56

Hepatitis C virus 58

Human adenovirus 2 60

Human herpes simplex virus 1 62

Human immunodeficiency virus 64

Human papilloma virus 16 66

Human rhinovirus A 68

Influenza virus A 70

JC virus 72

Measles virus 74

Mumps virus 76

Norwalk virus 78

Poliovirus 80

Rotavirus A 82

SARS related coronavirus 84

Varicella-zoster virus 86

Variola virus 88

West Nile virus 90

Yellow fever virus 92

Zika virus 94

Sin nombre virus 96

Torque teno virus 97


African swine fever virus 100

Bluetongue virus 102

Boid Inclusion body disease virus 104

Bornadisease virus 106

Bovine viral diarrhea virus 1 108

Canine parvovirus 110

Foot and mouth disease virus 112

Frog virus 3 114

Infectious salmon anemia virus 116

Myxoma virus 118

Porcine circovirus 120

Rabies virus 122

Rift Valley fever virus 124

Rinderpest virus 126

Rous sarcoma virus 128

Simian virus 40 130

Viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus 132

Feline leukemia virus 134

Mouse herpes virus 68 135


African cassava mosaic virus 138

Banana bunchy top virus 140

Barley yellow dwarf virus 142

Cauliflower mosaic virus 144

Citrus tristeza virus 146

Cucumber mosaic virus 148

Oryza sativa endornavirus 150

Ourmia melon virus 152

Pea enation mosaic virus 154

Plum pox virus 156

Potato virus Y 158

Rice dwarf virus 160

Rice hoja blanca virus 162

164 Satellite tobacco mosaic virus

Tobacco etch virus 166

Tobacco mosaic virus 168

Tomato bushy stunt virus 170

Tomato spotted wilt virus 172

Tomato yellow leaf curl virus 174

White clover cryptic virus 176

Bean golden mosaic virus 178

Tulip breaking virus 179


Cotesia congregata bracovirus 182

Cricket paralysis virus 184

Deformed wing virus 186

Drosophila virus C 188

Dysaphis plantaginea densovirus 190

Flock house virus 192

Invertebrate iridescent virus 6 194

Lymantria dispar multiple nucleo-polyhedrosis virus 196

Orsay virus 198

White spot syndrome virus 200

Yellow head virus 202


Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus 206

Curvularia thermal tolerance virus 208

Helminthosporium victoriae virus 190S 210

Penicillium chrysogenum virus 212

Pithovirus sibericum 214

Saccharomyces cerevisia L-A virus 216

Cryphonectria hypovirus 1 218

Ophiostoma mitovirus 4 219

Paramecium busaria chlorellavirus 1 220

Phytophthora endornavirus 1 220


Bacillus phage phi29 224

Enterobacteria phage lambda 226

Enterobacteria phage T4 228

Enterobacteriophage phiX174 230

Mycobacterium phage D29 232

Ralstonia phage phiRSL1 234

Synechococcus phage Syn5 236

Acidianus bottle-shaped virus 1 238

Acidianus two-tailed virus 239

Enterobacteria phage H-19B 240

Enterobacteriophage M13 241

Enterobacteriophage Qß 242

Staphylococcus phage 80 243

Sulfolobus spindle-shaped virus 1 244

Vibrio phage CTX 245

Glossary 246

Resources 250

Index 252

Acknowledgments 256

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"Viruses rule our world. They both threaten to kill us and help to regulate the food webs of oceans. They embed themselves in our DNA and stalk the bacteria in our guts. They are ever-present, understudied, and, as this book makes more clear than any other has, beautiful. Roossinck provides a window into the diminutive architecture of our viruses, their grandeur, horror, details, and stories. Her book is a reminder that the world is always more interesting than it seems."—Rob Dunn, author of The Man Who Touched His Own Heart: True Tales of Science, Surgery, and Mystery

"Viruses are a microscopic but fundamentally important part of every ecosystem on the planet. By mixing spectacular illustrations with summaries of the properties of 101 viruses, this ‘field guide' brings the hidden world of these fascinating microbes to life."—Jonathan Eisen, University of California, Davis

"This is a wonderful book that educates readers about the variety, uses, and history of viruses. Roossinck does not take the expected position that all viruses are bad, but instead reveals the complexity and surprising diversity of them."—Erica Ollmann Saphire, Scripps Research Institute

"Absolutely terrific."—Sunetra Gupta, University of Oxford

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