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The Life of a Virus: Tobacco Mosaic Virus as an Experimental Model, 1930-1965 Paperback – December 1, 2001

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ISBN-13: 978-0226120263 ISBN-10: 0226120260 Edition: 1st

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Focusing on the tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) research conducted in Nobel laureate Wendell Stanley's lab, Angela N. H. Creager argues that TMV served as a model system for virology and molecular biology, much as the fruit fly and laboratory mouse have been models in genetics and cancer research. She examines how the experimental techniques and instruments Stanley and his colleagues developed for studying TMV were generalized, not just to other labs working on TMV, but also to research on other diseases such as poliomyelitis and influenza and to studies of genes and cell organelles. In The Life of a Virus, Angela N. H. Creager introduces us to a plant virus that has taught us much of what we know about all viruses, including the lethal ones, and that has also played a crucial role in the development of molecular biology.

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Angela N. H. Creager is an associate professor in the Department of History and the Program in the History of Sciences at Princeton University.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (December 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226120260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226120263
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Max Narovlyansky on January 1, 2005
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This historical account of research on a viral model system is educational and fun to read. It illuminates scientific research and lives of researchers, which should be of interest to scientists and laymen alike. Alot of emphasis is placed on personal scientific communication and the role government played in shaping post-WWII science.

The review is comprehensively researched and well written. The account highlights the role played by model systems in biological research as well as the impact it had on unexpected areas of bacteriology, genetic basis of heredity, etc.

Great fun to read.
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