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Viral FitnessThe Next SARS and West Nile in the Making$
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Jaap Goudsmit

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195130348

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130348.001.0001

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Virus basics and the concept of Viral Fitness

Viral Fitness

Jaap Goudsmit

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter discusses what viruses are and how they fit into the living world. Topics covered include the three large families in the living world: bacteria, archaea, and eukarya; viruses never really die; all life forms can be divided into species, but viruses cannot; and viruses can be distinguished from each other genetically.

Keywords:   viruses, living world, fitness, survival, viral genes

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