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Author Solé, Ricard V., 1962-
Title Viruses as complex adaptive systems / Ricard Solé and Santiago F. Elena.
Imprint Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, [2019]

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Author Solé, Ricard V., 1962-
Series Primers in complex systems.
Primers in complex systems.
Subject Viruses.
Adaptive control systems.
Adaptation (Biology) -- Mathematical models.
Viruses -- growth & development.
Adaptation, Biological.
Alt Name Elena, Santiago F.,
Ohio Library and Information Network.
Description 1 online resource (xii, 223 pages) : illustrations, maps.
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Access Available to OhioLINK libraries
Summary "How complex systems theory sheds new light on the adaptive dynamics of viral populations. Viruses are everywhere, infecting all sorts of living organisms, from the tiniest bacteria to the largest mammals. Many are harmful parasites, but viruses also play a major role as drivers of our evolution as a species and are essential regulators of the composition and complexity of ecosystems on a global scale. This concise book draws on complex systems theory to provide a fresh look at viral origins, populations, and evolution, and the coevolutionary dynamics of viruses and their hosts. New viruses continue to emerge that threaten people, crops, and farm animals. Viruses constantly evade our immune systems, and antiviral therapies and vaccination campaigns can be powerless against them. These unique characteristics of virus biology are a consequence of their tremendous evolutionary potential, which enables viruses to quickly adapt to any environmental challenge. Ricard Solé and Santiago Elena present a unified framework for understanding viruses as complex adaptive systems. They show how the application of complex systems theory to viral dynamics has provided new insights into the development of AIDS in patients infected with HIV-1, the emergence of new antigenic variants of the influenza A virus, and other cutting-edge advances. Essential reading for biologists, physicists, and mathematicians interested in complexity, Viruses as Complex Adaptive Systems also extends the analogy of viruses to the evolution of other replicators such as computer viruses, cancer, and languages."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents The Virosphere -- Alive or dead? -- Landscapes -- Virus dynamics and arms races -- Epidemics -- Emergent viruses -- Origins -- Computer viruses and beyond
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed October 8, 2018)
ISBN 9780691185118 (electronic book)
0691185115 (electronic book)
9780691158846 (paperback)
0691158843 (paperback)
OCLC # 1055763233
Additional Format Print version: Solé, Ricard V., 1962- Viruses as complex adaptive systems. Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2019] 9780691158846 (DLC) 2018954901 (OCoLC)1032353412.

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