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Introduction to Virology

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An on-line version of an introductory virology textbook. This site includes lots of color illustrations and links to a search engine for each topic.
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Material Type: Reference Material
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: July 16, 2000
Date Modified in MERLOT: December 22, 2015
Submitter: Judith Kandel
Keywords: Immunological, Cell Culture, Serological, viruses, Koch's postulates, disease, crystallography


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Primary Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division
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Language: English
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Avatar for Anil Kapoor
5 years ago

Anil Kapoor (Faculty)

great history on virology (with their virology time machine). Which they had more information on current viruses

Avatar for Matthew Badtke
5 years ago

Matthew Badtke (Faculty)

Nice summaries of various aspects of virology, with unique illustrations included.

Avatar for Laurieann Casey Klockow
6 years ago

Laurieann Casey Klockow (Faculty)

While this site provides an accurate broad overview of virology, it is not a comprehensive intro to virology. However, it provides a fascinating historical prospective on the discovery of viruses, which I have used to introduce the concepts of vaccination in a general biology laboratory course. The online experiment to determine the titer of a viral preparation could be potentially useful- however, an educator would need to cover concepts such as: influenza, titer, haemagglutination, antigenic type, and how these fit into the broader topic of immunology to students before they use this virtual experiment.

Technical Remarks:

easy to use
Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes

Avatar for Lawrence Roberge
15 years ago

Lawrence Roberge (Faculty)

I reviewed this site for 30 minutes. The quality of the content was very good.
It followed a course set up by the instructors. It appeared to be easy to
navigate for those taking the course. As for those generally interested in
virology, it was good and relatively straight forward. The associated links
were helpful and yet not too cumbersome (i.e. not too confusing or distracting).
The user interface was in general, easy to understand.

Technical Remarks:

It might be useful to have some streaming media effects added-e.g. viral
infection of a cell or nucleic acid replication with in the cell). But, this
web site was excellent for those with a 56K modem.
The first time user should find this site easy to use.

Avatar for Judith Kandel
16 years ago

Judith Kandel (Faculty)

There is no need to have your students purchase a textbook with this site
available, since it is based on a well written published text and has many
advantages over its source material. The site is attractive, easy to navigate
and the author has kept the material current. There are plenty of full color
illustrations, and relevant links (including a search engine) are present for
each topic. There is a nice balance between discussions of molecular and
medical/epidemiological virology. The biggest disadvantage is that one either
has to read from the screen or print a large volume of material. In addition, most
of the material addresses animal viruses, although one can access material on
bacterial and plant viruses. I have used this site as the reference/background text
for my class since 1997 and the students prefer it to purchasing an expensive book.