Viruses: Agents of Change

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The mechanisms by which viruses conduct their business are varied, complex, and mysterious. In her portrait of these bundles of protein-coated genetic material, Fettner describes how a virus can impose a "new genetic game plan" on a host cell. She also probes the immune system's defense strategies. Viruses have a supply of molecular tricks which allow them to mutate rapidly and to lay dormant indefinitely. AIDS, some cancers, and other diseases are described as unique interactions between viruses and immune systems. As scientists uncover additional secrets, Fettner argues, it may be possible to use viruses as "agents of cure." Fettner can be commended for the clarity of her discourse and the enthusiasm she brings to her subject. Recommended for students and general readers with some science background.
- Laurie Bartolini, Lincoln Lib., Springfield, Ill.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

While AIDS has focused attention on the virus carrying this scourge, medical columnist Fettner ( The Truth About AIDS ) here writes that viruses are the suspected agents of many more maladies--multiple sclerosis, arthritis, some cancers, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, etc. In accessible, literate prose, the knowledgeable author describes the nature and bewildering array of genetically derived, easily mutated and virtually invisible varieties (100 or more may cause colds alone). Moreover, today's worldwide research and epidemiology effort, she claims--due to the need to find a cure for viruses like AIDS--is now moving with fresh vigor to identify and treat viral sources of a broader range of health problems.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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