First Ones to Go Viral

Virus by Marilyn J. Roossinck. Princeton University Press, 2016. 9780691166964.

virusThe cover says “an illustrated guide to 101 incredible microbes,” which is why I picked it up. Each two-page profile of a virus includes: 1) a large colorized photograph of the virus, 2) a diagram of its anatomy, 3) a thumbnail guide to how it’s classified and what it does, and 4) a paragraph on its discovery and significance. There are also sections on virus basics like reproduction and immunity.

Each page I flipped to was fascinating and strange and beautiful. I liked it even though some of the science was beyond me. You can learn a lot about viruses or just ogle the crazy pictures: either way, this book is cool.

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