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After reading this chapter you should be able to:
  • compare and contrast viruses that infect eucaryotes with those that infect procaryotes
  • describe the various ways that viruses of eucaryotes can harm their host organisms
  • discuss the establishment of persistent virus infections
  • discuss the mechanisms by which viruses may contribute to the development of certain cancers
  • discuss the importance of plant viruses and the technical difficulties that have hindered rapid progress in understanding them
  • discuss fungal and algal viruses
  • discuss the potential use of insect viruses for pest control
  • discuss the nature and significance of viroids and prions

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