Virus in the cell
J. Gordon Cook

Virus in the cell


Published by G. Harrap in London .
Written in English

About the Edition

A non-technical, popular science account of what was known about viruses by the mid 1950s.
Recommended as useful to teachers, students and sixth-form pupils.

First Sentence

'Science is carrying us into the future with bewildering speed.'

Table of Contents

1 The Invisible Germ 9
2 Smallpox and Vaccination 20
3 The Second Success - Yellow Fever 30
4 Influenza 41
5 Poliomyelitis - the Modern Plague 52
6 Protection against Polio 61
7 The Common Cold 73
8 Other Virus Diseases of Man 85
9 Viruses and Animals 95
10 Insects Suffer Too 108
11 Big Germs Have Little Germs 120
12 The Persecution of Plants 132
13 All Shapes and Sizes 147
14 Inside the Virus 158
15 A Way through the Wall 166
16 The Virus Multiplies 176
17 Chemicals that Live 187
18 Can We Protect Ourselves? 198
Index 207

Edition Notes

Chapter 11 - Big Germs Have Little Germs. This is about the great variety of viruses that attack and destroy bacteria, known as bacteriophages or phage. It describes the discoveries of UK Professor F W Twort of London University and French-Canadian Dr Felix d'Herelle of the Pasteur Institute, and the following research between the two World Wars. At the time of this book's publication in the mid 50s, bacteriophages were being used in India, Egypt and Russia (USSR) against dysentery and plague, and in India for cholera. The author pointed out that with bacteria becoming resistant to modern drugs, bacteriophage research would be likely to increase.

Chapter 14 - Inside the Virus. This chapter is about the use of phage as a valuable tool for scientific study of viruses and nucleic acid (DNA).

Chapter 16 - The Virus Multiplies. This chapter about virus reproduction is based very much on the study of bacteriophages, including the work done by A D Hershey and M W Chase at the Carnegie Institution, A H Doermann at Cold Spring Harbour and others.

Chapter 18 - Can We Protect Ourselves? The last chapter ends with a tribute and words of encouragement to all the virus researchers (including phage researchers) often working on university budgets.

The 17 b&w illustrations include electron micrographs of viruses and bacteriophages.

Science for everyman

The Physical Object

208 p.
Number of pages

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