This volume contains 13 chapters dealing with timely subjects of interest to virologists and physicians alike. As in the past, the authors are outstanding investigators who have made significant contributions in the subject area of each chapter.
There has been increasing interest in the infectious nucleic acids of viruses. The possible implications of infectious nucleic acids in disease are explored in the first chapter and this will be of interest to those who encounter diseases slow in evolution which might possibly be of viral etiology.
The envelope of herpesvirus comes in for special consideration. The origin of the envelope, the development, and the possible role that it plays in protecting the virus from the environment are discussed.
Antigenic variation of the influenza viruses is reconsidered. Of particular interest to this reader was the section on the correlation between structural, functional, and antigenic components of the influenza viruses.
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