> From: austin at netcom.com (Tommy Beach)
> Subject: let's get a virus FAQ going
> I think a FAQ should be created for this group. I went to: news.answers
> and I couldn't find one so I suspect one hasn't been created.
>> I personally feel an FAQ should cover the following:
>> What is a virus?
> Are viruses alive?
> What is the difference between a virus and a bacterium?
> Can you be cured of a virus by any medical means?
> What is an inoculation and how does it work?
> What is influenza?
> Do flu shots work?
> How do you know if you have a virus?
> What is a retro-virus?
> What is a level I, II, III, IV virus?
> Can viruses be put to good use?
>> I would be willing to put it together but I am not a virologist. To do
> it right, a virologist would have to either put it together or cross
> check my work. Perhaps others could contribute to this thread any
> questions they may feel a FAQ should have regarding viruses.
Please no! There ARE FAQs on virology: they are called textbooks,
and it AMAZING how much information you can get from one...not too
interactive, and not on-line (except for my approach to an electronic
text at http://www.bocklabs.wisc.edu/ed/virtut1.html, or Alan Cann's
at http://www-micro.msb.le.ac.uk/), BUT available at your public
library, or even University or school library!! THERE IS NO NEED for
a FAQ on something that you can get out of even an elementary
microbiology text, let alone a virology text. Have recourse to print
FIRST before going electronic sometimes...!
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