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5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent synopsis, 26 Aug. 2011
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This review is from: Viruses: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
This introduction to viruses is avowedly written for the general reader, and covers the topic very comprehensively for such a short book. I knew almost nothing about viruses except that they make me ill. I did not know that the oceans are teeming with viruses and that viruses go back a long way into history; and that many of them do not make people ill. The author describes clearly and carefully the properties and characteristics of viruses, how they function as parasites in animal and plant cells, and what can be done to counter them. (Keeping away from Africa and bats seems to be advisable.) I'm no biologist, but I felt I was not being patronised, and I was left much better informed.

This is well written and an excellent synopsis of the subject. Strongly recommended.
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