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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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INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTION

Virus basics and the concept of Viral Fitness

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(p.3) INTRODUCTION
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Viral Fitness
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Jaap Goudsmit

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130348.003.0001

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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