Viral Sex

Viral Sex : The Nature of AIDS

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In Viral Sex, leading AIDS researcher Jaap Goudsmit illuminates the origins and nature of the world's most lethal epidemic. This fascinating epidemiological whodunit, or...'howdunit' (The Lancet), takes us on a journey from the African rainforest, to ancient Egypt, to pioneering research labs in the U.S. and Europe. The concept of 'viral sex', Goudsmit explains, is central to understanding the AIDS crisis. HIV not only produces offspring that are almost exact copies of the parents, but also reproduces sexually, creating a recombinant population of variants. This 'viral sex' gives HIV an edge in adapting to new hosts, enabling it to survive the leap from ape to man. Goudsmit argues that the man-made phenomenon of deforestation and human encroachment on the African monkey habitat provided the opportunity for the SIV virus to jump to its new host, human beings, who then brought HIV out of the Cameroon rainforest at the turn of the century. Provocative, vividly written, and impeccably researched, Viral Sex instills readers with a new sense of the urgent need to contain HIV and other similarly lethal viruses before they spread beyond the grasp of even the most sophisticated more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 136.4 x 203.5 x 15.5mm | 226.8g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 35 halftones, 9 line figures
  • 0195124960
  • 9780195124965
  • 1,658,059

About Jaap Goudsmit

Jaap Goudsmit, M.D., universally recognized as one of the leading scientists working on HIV and AIDS, is Professor of Virology and Chairman of the Department of Human Retrovirology at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the International AIDS Vaccine more

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"This [book's]...appeal reaches far beyond just fellow scientists. It is full of astonishing and interesting facts not only about viruses but about the humans studying them."--Frank Ryan, The New York Times Book Review"A well-written and provocative treatise about the origins of HIV and about the evolution of this most perplexing virus."--The Lancetshow more

Table of contents

1. The most disarming virus ; 2. The rise of the western AIDS epidemic ; 3. HIV baby booms: epidemics come and go ; 4. The rainforest roots of HIV ; 5. HIV-0 and HIV-1: the chimpanzee connection ; 6. HIV-2: the sooty mangabey connection ; 7. Searching for SIV in monkey mummies ; 8. Beyond HIV and SIV: the cat connection ; 9. The mystery suitor: HIV's next move ; 10. Viral sex and AIDS: response to instability ; 11. Retrovirus survival: the human threat ; 12. Human survival: vaccines to disarm HIV ; Epilogue ; Glossary ; Index ; Bibliographyshow more

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