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Viral Fitness: The Next SARS and West Nile in the Making

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7490.545 (Published 03 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:545
  1. A J Beale, retired virologist
  1. Cranbrook, Kent

    Not many books consider the place of viruses in nature from their own standpoint. It is refreshing to read about the marvellous range of mechanisms by which viruses are selected to survive and flourish in a variety of hosts and environments. As the human population increases, encroaching on the natural habitats of other species, exposure of humans to viruses carried by wild animals will increase. We can only hope that knowledge of viruses' survival mechanisms will yield clues to ways …

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