chapter  6
The Discovery and Development of Antiviral Drugs — The Commercial Approach
ByR. A. Bucknall, D. A. Rutty
Pages 60

The replicative mechanisms of viruses illustrate to what extreme lengths the parasitism of one organism may be carried by another — an intricate association at a molecular level which, in some cases, does not lead to the production of progeny viruses, but only to a change in the behavior of the host cell. Therefore, it is little wonder that the elucidation of even the simplest virus life cycle depended on the development of modern biochemical and microbiological technology. Although the intricacies of the life processes are steadily being revealed, we are still far from understanding the subtleties of many virus mechanisms.