Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Any visiting microbiologist attending congresses in Europe and others who seek medical research intelligence will hear of the ascending importance of the newly organized Max Planck Institute for Virus Research at Tübingen in the German Federal Republic. Either a fleeting visit or the recently published monograph on the biochemistry of viral agents will create respect for this new institution and its staff.

In concise and selective manner a biochemist reviews and analyzes the properties and dynamic action of viruses. He attempts to bring together the contributions of the diverse disciplines which through the past 50 years have been engaged in the elucidation of the virus as organism.

The text of the booklet describes, in the general section, the general problems related to the viruses, the methods of isolation and purification, and the size, shape and electrochemical and chemical properties of the agents. A relatively brief section mentions the immunologic properties.


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