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May 1969

The Molecular Basis of Virology.

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Richmond, Va

Arch Intern Med. 1969;123(5):605. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300150123028

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At this writing we are in the midst of the Hong Kong flu epidemic; it is difficult to view viruses as anything other than unpleasant enemies. What a mystery that a particle so small can by replicating (the new term) produce so devastating an illness in such vast numbers of people!

The Molecular Basis of Virology is not at all concerned with disease; it does not regard influenza virus A2/ Hong Kong a noxious agent, and attempts to dispel some of the mysteries that surround these microorganisms. Anyone who is disposed to look beyond disease can find in this book (in authorative fashion) a revelation of the physicochemical forces that characterize these agents. Although the book is not in historical perspective, there are painstaking descriptions of the epochal experiments which delineated new concepts and opened ways to new work. Among these are the bacterial transformation by infectious deoxyribonucleic acid by

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