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INTRODUCTION

Jaap Goudsmit

in Viral Fitness

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780195130348
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790166 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130348.003.0001
INTRODUCTION

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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

Chapter.  4498 words. 

Subjects: Microbiology

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