If you have ever had a cold, or chicken pox, or the mumps, or the flu, or measles, or any of dozens of other diseases, then you have been attacked by a virus. Viruses are an ever-present danger in our biological environment, and in spite of many powerful methods that protect us, sometimes they get the upper hand and pose a threat to life.


Human Immunodeficiency Virus Influenza Virus Viral Protein Avian Influenza Simian Immunodeficiency Virus 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Molecular BiologyThe Scripps Research InstituteLa JollaUSA

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