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August 29, 1959

Advances in Virus Research. Volume VI

JAMA. 1959;170(18):2262. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010180114032

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At least five of the seven comprehensive and technical reviews included in this volume are unrelated to medical practice. They deal with the purification, biochemistry, and spread of plant viruses; one deals with bacteriophage genetics and another with paramecium. The other two are concerned with medical topics, but at a highly technical level that will interest only the virologist. One reviews the purification and properties of poliovirus and is especially concerned with the nature of formalin inactivation of the virus. The evidence for and against this being a reaction of the first order is carefully reviewed. The physical, chemical, and serologic properties of poliovirus are thoroughly presented. The other review is limited to a consideration of the present knowledge of the measles virus. This includes its behavior in tissue culture, growth characteristics, size, serologic reactions, and relation to the distemper virus. The prospects for a killed vaccine in the near

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