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The Evolution and Emergence of RNA Viruses (Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution) Paperback – 25 Jun 2009

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (25 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199211132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199211135
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 1 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,318,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The aim of the Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution is to stimulate ideas in new research fields, and (Robert Belshaw, Trends in Ecology and Evolution)

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Edward C. Holmes is Professor of Biology and Eberly College of Science Distinguished Senior Scholar at The Pennsylvania State University. He was authored over 200 scientific publications and in 2003 was awarded the Scientific Medal for 'Achievement in Research by a Zoologist Under the Age of 40' by the Zoological Society of London for his work on evolutionary biology and bioinformatics. He is also co-author of a highly regarded text book in molecular evolution and phylogenetics. His research sits at the interface of four disciplines - evolutionary biology, genomics, infectious disease and bioinformatics - and for the last 20 years he has been involved in the development and use of a variety of computational techniques to reveal the fundamental patterns and processes of evolutionary change in viruses.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Sj Bhatt on 18 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
A great book. Probably the only book i have seen out there which explains the process of viral evolution so thoroughly and clearly. The book provides a holistic view of the mechanisms of viral evolution, and their outcomes, which i have not found in other books. I particularly liked the in-depth examples e.g influenza, hiv, which are very useful for lecturers and students alike. These examples provide an interesting read to all biologists, not just the ones studying viruses.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Thorough Introduction to Viral Evolution and Emergence 21 Dec. 2009
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Format: Paperback
This book is a tour de force introduction to the field of emerging RNA viruses by one of the world's leading experts in virus evolution. The book progresses rapidly from concise chapters on RNA virus biology, origins and microevolution to detailed discussions of RNA virus macroevolution, (contentious) quasi-species concepts, phylogeography and patterns of RNA virus emergence. Though each chapter may stand alone as a significant contribution, the succession of chapters provides a strong logical framework for understanding the observed epidemiological patterns of RNA emergence. This narrative structure culminates in a series of case studies of emerging RNA viruses that are a fitting conclusion to a book that ties together the molecular evolution of RNA viruses with their emergence and epidemiological dynamics.

In sum, any biologist interested in evolution and/or RNA viruses, from novices to experts, would benefit from and enjoy reading this claret-colored addition to the OUP catalog.
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