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Agents of Evolutionary Invention

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$51.50 • £41.95 • €46.50

ISBN 9780674972087

Publication Date: 06/19/2017


384 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


Provides an amazing connection between the multiple scales or dimensions that viruses play at, together with the evolutionary processes and mechanisms… This a fascinating book intended for readers interested in the evolution of microbes, but also for specialists working in the field. The volume provides key systems and examples that allow better comprehension of the complexity of viruses.—Josep Sardanyés, Quarterly Review of Biology

Michael Cordingley has written an engaging and enlightening description of viruses from a refreshingly different viewpoint, as agents that drive not only their own evolution, but that of their hosts.—Vincent Racaniello, Columbia University

Michael Cordingley describes the complex life of viruses from the perspective of evolutionary agents. With carefully selected and easily understandable examples, he makes the argument that viruses follow the laws of Darwinian evolution. This book is highly recommended for microbiologists and individuals who care about global health care.—Peter Sarnow, Stanford University School of Medicine

This is a much needed book on a subject that has long been overlooked. The author has done an excellent job of communicating how viruses are core agents in the evolution of life. Anyone interested in the evolution of life should read this book.—Luis P. Villarreal, University of California, Irvine

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