In virus hunt renowned virologist dorothy h crawford takes us inside one of the great research quests of our time the search for the origin of aids from hospital intensive care wards to research laboratories to the african rain forests crawford follows the trail of the virus back to its roots deep in africa. From publishers weekly scottish virologist crawford viruses a very short introduction celebrates the brilliant evolutionary sleuthing that helped solve the puzzle of the origins of hiv a virus unlike any other that has now infected over 60 million people. The university of edinburgh professor explains that those hunting for the source of the virus that causes aids collectively scoured the medical literature hunted for old blood samples to test for hiv and painstakingly analyzed genomes from around the world to find the answers they were looking for. Get this from a library virus hunt the search for the origin of hiv dorothy h crawford aids was first described in 1981 and just under three years later the human immunodeficiency virus hiv was discovered confirming that hiv causes aids now accepted by virtually all. A modern scientific dectective story surrounding the origin of the aids virus provides an insight into the research that found the source of the virus considers the history of the aids hiv viruses and their initial infection in humans traces a scientific journey of discovery using state of the art techniques to follow the evolution of viruses
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