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Molecular Basis of Virus Evolution


  • 128 b/w illus. 36 tables
  • Page extent: 624 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.86 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521022897 | ISBN-10: 0521022894)

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Advances in molecular biology have led to huge increases in determining the phylogenetic history of viruses. This book is one of the first solely devoted to the origins and evolution of viruses, and of the ways in which they interact with their cellular hosts and vectors. Intitial chapters cover impacts of viruses and their control. Further chapters detail genetic variation of viruses and the molecular basis of interrelation at the population level and the molecular basis and evolution of this relationship. Seventeen chapters follow on genetic origins, sources of variation, population genetics, and interactions with hosts. Practical virologists will find the chapters on phylogenetic analysis techniques very useful. The highly adaptive nature of viruses will be of particular interest to evolutionists.


Editors' preface; 1. Introduction and guide; Part I. The Impact of Viral Diseases: 2. Classical studies of virus evolution Frank Fenner; 3. The evolution of virus diseases: their emergence, epidemicity and control Neal Nathanson, Kathleen A. McGann and John Wilesmith; Part II. Origins of Viruses and their Genes: 4. Origin of RNA viral genomes; approaching the problem by comparative sequence analysis Alexander E. Borbalenya; 5. Origins of DNA viruses Duncan J. McGeoch and Andrew J. Davison; 6. In search of the origins of viral genes Adrian Gibbs and Paul K. Keese; 7. Cellular sequences in viral genomes Gregor Meyers, Norbert Tautz and Heinz-Jürgen Theil; Part III. Sources of Virus Variation: 8. Molecular mechanisms of point mutations in RNA viruses Bertha-Cecilia Ramíerez, Pascale Barbier, Karin Séron, Anne-Lise Haenni and Françoise Bernardi; 9. Recombination and its evolutionary effect on viruses with RNA genomes Michael M. C. Lai; Part IV. Molecular Interactions of Viruses and their Hosts: 10. Viruses as ligands of eukaryotic cell surface molecules Thomas L. Lentz; 11. The influence of immunity on virus evolution Charles R. M. Bangham; 12. Effect of variation within an HIV-1 envelope region containing neutralizing epitopes and virulence determinants Jaap Goudsmit; Part V. Viruses, Hosts and Populations: 13. Quasi-species: the concept and the word Estaban Domingo, John Holland, Christop Biebricher and Manfred Eigen; 14. The co-evolutionary dynamics of viruses and their hosts Robert M. May; 15. Population genetics of viruses: an introduction A. Moya and F. García-Arenal; 16. Origin and evolution of prokaryotes E. Stackebrandt; 17. Molecular systematics and seed plant phylogeny: a summary of a parsimony analysis of rbcL sequence data Kathleen A. Kron and Mark W. Chase; Part VI. Case Studies of Viral Taxa: Their Systematics and Evolution: 18. Evolution of poxviruses and African swine fever virus R. Blasco; 19. Molecular systematics of the flaviviruses and their relatives Jan Blok and Adrian J. Gibbs; 20. Herpesviridae Andrew J. Davison and Duncan J. McGeoch; 21. Aphthovirus evolution J. Dopazo, M. J. Rodrigo, A. Rodríguez, J. C. Sáiz and F. Sobrino; 22. Evolution of the Bunyaviridae Richard M. Elliott; 23. Evolution of the tobamoviruses Aurora Fraile, Miguel A. Aranda and Fernando García-Arenal; 24. The luteovirus supergroup: rampant recombination and persistent partnerships Mark Gibbs; 25. The evolution of the Reoviridae Wolfgang K. Joklik and Michael R. Roner; 26. Genetic variation and evolution of satellite viruses and satellite RNAs G. Kurath and C. Robaglia; 27. Molecular evolution of the retroid family Marcella A. McClure; 28. Adaptation of members of the Orthomyxoviridae family to transmission by ticks Patricia A. Nuttall, Mary A. Morse, Linda D. Jones and Agustin Portela; 29. The Order Mononegavirales: evolutionary relationships and mechanisms of variation C. R. Pringle; 30. The molecular evolution of the human immunodeficiency viruses Paul M. Sharp, Conal J. Burgess and Beatrice H. Hahn; 31. Molecular evolution of papillomaviruses Marc Van Ranst, Jeffrey B. Kaplan, John P. Sundberg and Robert D. Burk; 32. Molecular systematics of the Potyviridae, the largest plant virus family Colin W. Ward, Georg F. Weiller, Dharma D. Shukla and Adrian Gibbs; 33. Evolution of alphaviruses Scott C. Weaver; 34. Evolution of influenza viruses: rapid evolution and stasis R. G. Webster, W. J. Bean and O. T. Gorman; Part VII. Techniques for Viral Systematics: 35. The RNase A mismatch method for the genetic characterization of viruses C. López-Galíndez, J. M. Rojas and J. Dopazo; 36. Molecular phylogenetic analysis Georg F. Weiller, Marcella A. McClure and Adrian J. Gibbs; Index.


"This volume should be read by virologists interested in evolution, and by evolutionary biologists interested in viral evolution, evolution of virulence, or using viruses as experimental systems. More than a textbook, it is undoubtedly an important work in the growing field of virus evolution, and an indispensable source of information for researchers in the field of emerging and reemerging viral diseases." Weigang Qiu, Quarterly Review of Biology

"The book is consistently provocative and intriguing, and I already am looking forward to subsequent editions. In addition to the individual chapters on specific groups of viruses, the reader will be greatly aided by the reference chapters on phylogenetic analysis that should provide practical assistance to those interested individuals who are totally unacquainted with the practical and technical issues of molecular phylogeny." Mark Schleiss, Doody's Health Sciences Book Review Journal

"...provides an important summary of these molecular systematic investigations of wild viral populations, as well as some insights into the early stages of the marriage between virology and evolutionary is very productive reading material for anyone interested in viral evolution." David M. Hillis, Science

"...a very useful addition to the scientific literature." Dr. Guy Lemay, CSM Newsletter


Frank Fenner, Neal Nathanson, Kathleen A. McGann, John Wilesmith, Alexander E. Borbalenya, Duncan J. McGeoch, Andrew J. Davison, Adrian Gibbs, Paul K. Keese, Gregor Meyers, Norbert Tautz, Heinz-Jürgen Theil, Bertha-Cecilia Ramíerez, Pascale Barbier, Karin Séron, Anne-Lise Haenni, Françoise Bernardi, Michael M. C. Lai, Thomas L. Lentz, Charles R. M. Bangham, Jaap Goudsmit, Estaban Domingo, John Holland, Christop Biebricher, Manfred Eigen, Robert M. May, A. Moya and F. García-Arenal, E. Stackebrandt, Kathleen A. Kron, Mark W. Chase, R. Blasco, Jan Blok, Adrian J. Gibbs, Andrew J. Davison, Duncan J. McGeoch, J. Dopazo, M. J. Rodrigo, A. Rodríguez, J. C. Sáiz, F. Sobrino, Richard M. Elliott, Aurora Fraile, Miguel A. Aranda, Fernando García-Arenal, Mark Gibbs, Wolfgang K. Joklik, Michael R. Rone, G. Kurath, C. Robaglia, Marcella A. McClure, Patricia A. Nuttall, Mary A. Morse, Linda D. Jones, Agustin Portela, C. R. Pringle, Paul M. Sharp, Conal J. Burgess, Beatrice H. Hahn, Marc Van Ranst, Jeffrey B. Kaplan, John P. Sundberg, Robert D. Burk, Colin W. Ward, Georg F. Weiller, Dharma D. Shukla, Scott C. Weaver, R. G. Webster, W. J. Bean, O. T. Gorman, C. López-Galíndez, J. M. Rojas

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