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Understanding Viruses, Third Edition Includes Navigate 2 Advantage Access

Author(s): Teri Shors, PhD, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  • ISBN-13: 9781284025927
  • Navigate 2 Advantage Access     944 pages      © 2017
Price: $178.95 US List
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Understanding Viruses continues to set the standard for the fundamentals of virology. This classic textbook combines molecular, clinical, and historical aspects of human viral diseases in a new stunning interior design featuring high quality art that will engage readers. Preparing students for their careers, the Third Edition greatly expands on molecular virology and virus families. This practical text also includes the latest information on influenza, global epidemiology statistics, and the recent outbreaks of Zika and Ebola viruses to keep students on the forefront of cutting-edge virology information. Numerous case studies and feature boxes illuminate fascinating research and historical cases stimulate student interest, making the best-selling Understanding Viruses the clear choice in virology.

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Features & Benefits

  • NEW Virology Animations on antiviral drug mechanisms educate and entertain!
  • Encourages application and critical thinking with real-life examples
  • Contains NEW content on the latest outbreaks, including Zika virus, MERS, Hantavirus in Yosemite National Park, and Measles cases in the U.S.
  • Includes a NEW section on virus discovery in the 21st Century
  • Features NEW case studies, including an in-depth case study of the Ebola virus outbreak
  • Virus Files features connect a topic to current research or to techniques used by virologists, offering a real-world glimpse of working in this exciting field
  • Refresher Boxes provide foundational information on biological concepts that students encountered in introductory biology courses to help them fully comprehend more complex virology concepts
  • NEW Learning Objectives at the beginning of each chapter prepare students for the new material and guide their study

Applicable Courses

Written for the undergraduate virology course for students majoring in biology, microbiology, medical technology, or pre-med.

Chapter  1  Introduction to Viruses
Chapter  2  Virus Architecture and Nomenclature Eukaryotic
Chapter  3  Molecular Biology, Host Cell Constraints and How Viruses Hijack Host Cells
Chapter  4  Mechanisms of Viral Entry and Spread of Infection in the Body
Chapter  5  Host Resistance to Viral Infections
Chapter  6  Epidemiology
Chapter  7  Laboratory Diagnosis of Viral Disease and Working with Viruses in the Research Laboratory
Chapter  8  Poliovirus and Other Enteroviruses
Chapter  9  Influenza Viruses
Chapter  10  Hepatitis Viruses
Chapter  11  Herpesviruses
Chapter  12  Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Chapter  13  Rabies
Chapter  14  Poxviruses
Chapter  15  New Viruses and Viruses that are Reemerging
Chapter  16  Viruses and Cancer
Chapter  17  The History of Medicine, Clinical Trials, Gene Therapy, and Xenotransplantation
Chapter  18  What About Prions and Viroids?
Chapter  19  Plant Viruses
Chapter  20  The Best for Last: Bacteriophages

Teri Shors, PhD-University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Teri Shors has been a member of the Department of Biology and Microbiology at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh since 1997; she was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2010. Shors is a devoted teacher and researcher at the undergraduate and graduate levels and has been a recipient of university awards, including a distinguished teaching award and two endowed professorships. She has taught a variety of courses and laboratories and has made a strong contribution to the development of new courses in microbiology and molecular biology in the department.

Shors’ graduate and post-graduate education is virology-based and is reflected in her research. Before teaching at UW Oshkosh, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Viral Diseases under the direction of Dr. Bernard Moss in the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). While her initial expertise centers upon studying the expression of vaccinia virus genes, she is currently interested in the potential of anti-viral compounds in cranberries, other fruits, and herbs used as green medicine in Hmong culture. This anti-viral research has been funded by a variety of granting agencies, including a prestigious Merck/AAAS award. Shors has mentored many students engaged in independent research projects and related readings.

Shors contributes strongly as a co-author to the 3rd edition of The Microbial Challenge. She is the author of Understanding Viruses, now in its 2nd edition and has recently authored Encounters in Virology. Additionally, she has contributed to and authored a variety of other texts and scientific writings.

Initiative, creativity, using technology in the classroom, networking, and leading collaborative, cross-disciplinary studies are all hallmarks of Shors’ talents. Her use of technology, current events topics, and humor makes her popular among students in the classroom. She has recently developed and taught an online virology course for undergraduates.

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  • Customers have said...

    “I am impressed with the author’s ability to include topical information, basic biology, and clinical relevance.  This begins in the first chapter and is consistent throughout.  This text fills a major gap between advanced virology and introductory biology texts… This text is the perfect blend of clinical virology, epidemiology, taxonomy, replication dynamics, and pathophysiology.”

    “I really like this textbook.  The approach to viruses corresponds to my thoughts of needing to know about the interaction of the virus and the host and not just the diseases that they cause.”

    “I have talked extensively with my students (a mix of juniors and seniors from varying biology backgrounds) about this textbook and it would seem that they very much enjoy the mixture of clinical with the molecular biology.”

    “This book is much easier to work with than any other virology book that I have used in my forty years of teaching.”

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ISBN-13: 9781284025927

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