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Top and Best Books on Virology

List of top 10 textbook on virology

Top and Best Books on Virology

List of top 10 textbook on virology

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Here in this article, I will share a list of the Best Books on Virology. Under virology, you will study about  Nature and Properties of Viruses, Bacteriophages, Viral Transmission, the Salient features of viral nucleic acids and Replication, Viruses and Cancer, Prevention & control of viral diseases, Applications of Virology.

Here is the list of Top and best books For Virology;

1. Introduction to Modern Virology

Author: Nigel Dimmock, Andrew Easton, Keith Leppard

Introduction to Modern Virology has been an established student text for over 25 years. Providing an integrated account of the subject across different host systems, with an emphasis on human and animal viruses, this book covers the field of virology from molecular biology to disease processes using a unique systems approach.

Featuring an all new art program in full color, the new edition has been updated throughout, and reorganized into thematic sections on the fundamental nature of viruses, their growth in cells, their interactions with the host organism and their role as agents of human disease.

There is a new chapter on Human Viral Disease and rapidly developing areas, such as the use of viruses as gene therapy vectors, have been included.

The 6th edition is even more accessible, now including key points and integrative questions in every chapter, as well as text boxes emphasizing take–home messages, evidence underpinning the main concepts, and further information for more advanced readers.

Prevention and therapy, evolution and emerging viruses receive particular attention and specific chapters address the major infectious challenges posed by HIV, pandemic influenza and BSE. This highly accessible text provides ideal reading for all undergraduate and postgraduate students of biology and medicine wishing to study virology.

2. Characterization of Plant Viruses: Methods and Protocols

Author: Alangar Ishwara Bhat, Govind Pratap Rao

This book provides detailed information on methodologies used in biological, serological and nucleic acid based assays for the detection, diagnosis and management of plant viruses. The content is divided into six main parts, the first of which presents techniques used in the biological characterization and transmission of viruses, while Part II covers purification and techniques concerning the physico-chemical properties of viruses.

In turn, Part III focuses on in vitro expression, production of polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies; and on various serological assays including precipitin tests, ELISA, blot immunoassays, immunosorbent electron microscopy and lateral flow immunoassays.

Part IV addresses the isolation of DNA and RNA from plants and nucleic acid based assays such as dot-blot, polymerase chain reaction, real-time PCR, loop-mediated isothermal amplification, rolling circle amplification, recombinase polymerase amplification, and next-generation sequencing approaches.

Part V discusses cloning, sequencing, sequence analysis and the production of infectious clones, while the last part (Part VI) provides biotechnological approaches for the management of viruses.

Given its scope, the book will be a valuable resource for every laboratory, student and teacher, and for everyone interested in plant virology, plant pathology, plant biology and molecular biology, offering them a practical manual on various aspects of plant viruses.

3. Plant Viruses: Diversity, Interaction and Management

Author: Rajarshi Kumar Gaur, SMP Khurana, Yuri Dorokhov

Plant viruses are significant as they affect our food supply and are capable of rapidly spreading to new plant species, so a comprehensive study of plant viruses is important in understanding their pathogenesis and prevention.

This book focuses on the plant virus evolution, their molecular classification, epidemics and management. The key features in the book includes genome organization, translation and replication, virus-coded proteinases, structure of virus particles, cell receptors and host range, the RNA polymerase, quasispecies dynamics and virus evolution, and its natural habitats.

4. Virology: Principles and Applications

Author:  Dr John Carter, Prof Venetia Saunders

Virology: Principles and Applications is a clear and accessible introduction to this fast–moving field, providing a comprehensive resource enabling the reader to understand the key concepts surrounding this exciting subject. 

The reader is introduced to the principles of virus structure, replication and genetics, along with the theories behind the origins of viruses and how they are evolving. Taking a modern approach to the subject, the relevance of virology to everyday life is clearly emphasized and discussions of emerging viruses, cancer, vaccines, anti–viral drugs and gene vectors are included. 

To enhance student understanding, learning outcomes, sources of further information and ‘at–a–glance’ sections are integrated into in each chapter, reinforcing key concepts.

Illustrated in full color throughout, extensive use is made of clear diagrams that include standard color coding for different types of molecule, enabling students to grasp difficult concepts and deal with the level of detail in the subject.

An invaluable text for students of biology, microbiology, molecular biology and biomedical sciences taking courses in virology. The book is also a useful resource for MSc level students looking for an accessible introduction to the subject.

  • a student–friendly introduction to the fast–moving subject of virology
  • introduces the relevance of virology to the modern world including latest developments in the field
  • looks at topical viruses such as HIV and influenza virus
  • illustrated in full color throughout with diagrams labeled clearly to enhance student understanding
  • provides a comprehensive Virologists’ Vocabulary
  • The companion web site www.wiley.com/go/carter provides self–assessment questions and answers, additional reference sources and links to various virology web sites

5. Principles of Virology: Molecular Biology, Pathogenesis, and Control

Author:  S. J. Flint, Lynn W. Enquist, Robert M. Krug, Vincent R. Racaniello, A. M. Skalka

Designed to fill the existing gap between simple introductory texts and very advanced reviews of major virus families, Principles of Virology introduces upper–level undergraduates, graduate students, and medical students to all aspects of virology. Written in an engagingly readable style and generously illustrated with over 400 full–color illustrations, this approachable volume offers detailed examples that illustrate common principles, specific strategies adopted by different viruses to ensure their reproduction, and the current state of virology research.

Divided into chapters focusing on specific topics rather than individual viruses, the book allows the student to visualize common themes in replication that cut across virus families, emphasizing the shared features of different viruses. 

Drawing on the extensive teaching experience of each of its distinguished authors, Principles of Virology illustrates why and how animal viruses are studied, taking well–known systems and demonstrating how the knowledge gained from these model viruses can be used to study viral systems about which our knowledge is still quite limited. 

A discussion of viruses in early human cultures, how viruses were discovered, and how the discipline of virology came to be is also provided.

6. Virology

Author: Jay A. Levy, Heinz Fraenkel-Conrat , Oliver S. Owens

A comprehensive introduction to the field of virology, this book covers the history and the evolution of the virus family and relates them in terms of genetic information and their relationship to the host.

JAY A. LEVY MD, a keen AIDS and cancer researcher and an educator, is presently professor in the Department of Medicine and research associate in the Cancer Research Institute. He is head of the Laboratory for Tumor and AIDS Virus Research at UCSF (University of California in San Francisco). 

Dr. Levy co-discovered HIV in 1983 and also discovered a novel immune response that controls HIV infection through the production by CD8+ lymphocytes of an antiviral factor, CAF. He has published over 450 articles in virology and infectious diseases, particularly on HIV/AIDS. 

He is author or editor of 14 books on virology and immunology and is Editor-in-Chief of the highly cited journal, AIDS. Among Dr. Levy s publications are his acclaimed four volume series, The Retroviridae and his sole-authored book, HIV and the Pathogenesis of AIDS, now in its third edition (2007) and being translated into several languages. Dr. Levy is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Microbiology.

7. Basic Virology

Author:   Edward K. Wagner, Martinez J. Hewlett, David C. Bloom,  David Camerini

Ideal for the student seeking a solid understanding of the basic principles in this rapidly developing field, this best-selling text offers a comprehensive introduction to the fundamentals of virology. Featuring an enhanced art program now in full-color, the new edition has been updated throughout.

  • New edition incorporates additional reading suggestions, expanded review questions, chapter outlines and full-colour artwork.
  • Contains new chapters dealing with viruses and cancer, generation and use of recombinant viruses and virus-like particles, viral evolution, network biology and viruses, and animal models and transgenics, as well as a chapter devoted to HIV and AIDS
  • Downloadable artwork, original animations and online resources are available at www.blackwellpublishing.com/wagner

8. Principles of Virology

Author: Jane Flint, Vincent R. Racaniello, Glenn F. Rall, Theodora Hatziioannou, Anna Marie Skalka

Principles of Virology, the leading virology textbook in use, is an extremely valuable and highly informative presentation of virology at the interface of modern cell biology and immunology. This text utilizes a uniquely rational approach by highlighting common principles and processes across all viruses. Using a set of representative viruses to illustrate the breadth of viral complexity, students are able to under-stand viral reproduction and pathogenesis and are equipped with the necessary tools for future encounters with new or understudied viruses.

This fifth edition was updated to keep pace with the ever-changing field of virology. In addition to the beloved full-color illustrations, video interviews with leading scientists, movies, and links to exciting blogposts on relevant topics, this edition includes study questions and active learning puzzles in each chapter, as well as short descriptions regarding the key messages of references of special interest. 

Volume I: Molecular Biology focuses on the molecular processes of viral reproduction, from entry through release. Volume II: Pathogenesis and Control addresses the interplay between viruses and their host organisms, on both the micro- and macroscale, including chapters on public health, the immune response, vaccines and other antiviral strategies, viral evolution, and a brand new chapter on the therapeutic uses of viruses. These two volumes can be used for separate courses or together in a single course. Each includes a unique appendix, glossary, and links to internet resources.

Principles of Virology, Fifth Edition, is ideal for teaching the strategies by which all viruses reproduce, spread within a host, and are maintained within populations. This edition carefully reflects the results of extensive vetting and feedback received from course instructors and students, making this renowned textbook even more appropriate for undergraduate and graduate courses in virology, microbiology, and infectious diseases.

9. Fields Virology: Emerging Viruses 

Author:  Peter M. Howley, David M. Knipe, Sean Whelan

Now in four convenient volumes, Fields Virology remains the most authoritative reference in this fast-changing field, providing definitive coverage of virology, including virus biology as well as replication and medical aspects of specific virus families.

This volume of Fields Virology: Emerging Viruses, Seventh Edition covers recent changes in emerging viruses, providing new or extensively revised chapters that reflect these advances in this dynamic field.

 

Bundled with the eBook, which will be updated regularly as new information about each virus is available, including coronavirus and COVID-19, this text serves as the authoritative, up-to-date reference book for virologists, infectious disease specialists, microbiologists, and physicians, as well as medical students pursuing a career in infectious diseases.

Covers both basic science and medical features of each virus, emphasizing viruses of medical importance and interest, while also including other viruses in specific cases where more is known about their mechanisms of replication or pathogenesis.

  • Covers virus evolution, as well as Coronoviridae, Picornaviridae, Enteroviruses, Caliciviridae, Hepatitis C Virus, Filoviridae, Henipaviruses, Orthomyxoviruses, Bunyavirales, Arenaviridae, and much more.
  • Features over 500 full-color illustrations, including key figures for use as lecture slides.
  • Provides quick, flexible access to current information both in print and in an improved eBook format, searchable across all volumes.
  • Discusses virus structure, virus entry, replication, and assembly, virus-host cell interactions, host immune responses and vaccines, antiviral therapeutics, virus evolution and immunization.

 New and forthcoming Fields Virology volumes, available in print and eBook format:

  • Emerging Viruses
  • DNA Viruses
  • RNA Viruses
  • Fundamental Viruses

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10. Molecular and Cellular Biology of Viruses

Author: Phoebe Lostroh

Viruses interact with host cells in ways that uniquely reveal a great deal about general aspects of molecular and cellular structure and function. Molecular and Cellular Biology of Viruses leads students on an exploration of viruses by supporting engaging and interactive learning.

All the major classes of viruses are covered, with separate chapters for their replication and expression strategies, and chapters for mechanisms such as attachment that are independent of the virus genome type. 

Specific cases drawn from primary literature foster student engagement. End-of-chapter questions focus on analysis and interpretation with answers being given at the back of the book. Examples come from the most-studied and medically important viruses such as HIV, influenza, and poliovirus. 

Plant viruses and bacteriophages are also included. There are chapters on the overall effect of viral infection on the host cell. Coverage of the immune system is focused on the interplay between host defenses and viruses, with a separate chapter on medical applications such as anti-viral drugs and vaccine development.

 The final chapter is on virus diversity and evolution, incorporating contemporary insights from metagenomic research.

Key selling feature:

  • Readable but rigorous coverage of the molecular and cellular biology of viruses
  • Molecular mechanisms of all major groups, including plant viruses and bacteriophages, illustrated by example
  • Host-pathogen interactions at the cellular and molecular level emphasized throughout
  • Medical implications and consequences included
  • Quality illustrations available to instructors
  • Extensive questions and answers for each chapter

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