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August 21, 1954

Cold Spring Harbor Symposium on Quantitative Biology. Volume XVIII: Viruses.

JAMA. 1954;155(17):1542-1543. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690350084034

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This volume, made up of 41 papers and discussions, is an excellent summary of basic virus research, as of June, 1953, when the symposium was held. The book is meant for serious students of virology, not for beginners. The treatment is uneven, depending on whether the subject under discussion is ready for integration and on the selection of topics by the organizing committee. The symposium was an attempt to bridge the gap between studies of bacterial and of animal viruses. Many of the concepts that have been developed to explain the multiplication of bacterial viruses can be taken over to guide the animal virologist, but the organizers of the symposium leaned so heavily on the bacterial viruses and the intricate details of their study that much valuable material in terms of animal virology was curtailed or omitted from the discussions. It might be that the bacteriophage worker can learn from

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