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Viruses 2009, 1(1), 1-2;

Welcome to Viruses: A New Open-Access, Multidisciplinary Forum for Virology

Virus-Cell Interaction Section, HIV Drug Resistance Program, National Cancer Institute at Frederick Frederick, MD, USA
Received: 26 March 2009 / Accepted: 30 March 2009 / Published: 1 April 2009
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The field of virology has never been more exciting as a research area and more relevant to human health as it is in 2009. The AIDS pandemic, caused by the uncurtailed spread of HIV-1 in large parts of the world, continues to have an enormous impact on the human condition. The threat of a global outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza remains real, and memories of the devastation created by the SARS coronavirus are still fresh. While many of the world’s most lethal viruses (Ebola, Hendra, Rift Valley fever, etc.) are geographically contained, the possibility of deliberate transmission of such infectious agents as biological weapons is cause for concern. Increased understanding of all viruses, not only these “newsworthy” pathogens, is warranted as it is impossible to predict the origins of the next viral epidemic. Increased human movement, global climate change, and disruption of natural ecosystems all favor the transmission and spread of both established and emerging viruses. Agricultural interests world-wide continue to be significantly impacted by viral agents. [...] View Full-Text
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