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need a good virology text

Marty & Gail Hewlett hewlett at azstarnet.com
Thu Aug 10 08:56:31 EST 1995

Besides the Fields text (which is probably too much for an undergraduate 
course) there are three books that I have used to some degree for a 400 
level (junior-senior) course.

"Medical Virology (Fourth Edition)" by White and Fenner

"Virology (Third Edition)" by Levy, Fraenkel-Conrat and Owens

"The Biology of Viruses" by Bruce Voyles

Each has it strengths and weaknesses.  Quite frankly, none of them alone 
serves the pruposes of a molecular approach to virology.  White and 
Fenner, of course, focus on human viruses and is limited in its 
molecular information.  Levey et al. takes a very classical (by the 
families) track and includes reasonable molecular biology.  Voyles has 
the most unique approach in that he follows the events in the virus  
life cycle and draws examples from different viruses in the context of 
each step (e.g., attachment and penetration, genome expression, etc.).  
I don't consider Voyles book to be at a very sophisticated level in 
terms of molecular biology, however.

I hope this helps.

Marty Hewlett
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona

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