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Epilogue. Animal Virology: A Showcase of Evolution

Esteban Domingo and Marian C. Horzinek
from: Animal Viruses: Molecular Biology (Edited by: Thomas C. Mettenleiter and Francisco Sobrino). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2008)


Darwin's modern "watchdog" Theodosius Dobzhansky (1900-1975) coined the adage "Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution", which - due to their rapid replication and gargantuan progeny - applies to viruses a forteriori. Genetic variation is guided by chance, which certainly did not guide the editors of the present volume to select the authors of this epilogue: all along our main interest has been viral evolution, and "in this light" we shall comment - and enlarge on pertinent remarks made in the Preface. The impressive compilation of review articles on major virus groups with an impact in the veterinary environment leads to considerations regarding their evolution and their longterm survival as pathogens in animal populations read more ...
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