History of Virology


A brief history of the development of virology as an academic, scientific discipline, and the influence of this development on the means of control of some of the world's major viral epidemic diseases.

Keywords: virology; virus diseases; bacteriophage; molecular biology

Further Reading

Cairns J, Stent GS and Watson JD (eds) (1966) Phage and the Origins of Molecular Biology. New York: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory of Quantitative Biology.

Fenner F and Gibbs A (eds) (1988) Portraits of Viruses. A History of Virology. Basel: Karger.

Grafe A (1991) A History of Experimental Virology, Reckendorf E (transl.) Berlin: Springer‐Verlag.

Morse SS (ed.) (1998) Emerging Viruses. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Oldstone MB (1998) Viruses, Plagues and History. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Waterson AP and Wilkinson L (1978) An Introduction to the History of Virology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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Wilkinson, Lise(Apr 2001) History of Virology. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0003075]