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Why Do Viruses Kill? [electronic resource]

BBC Worldwide Ltd
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
From SARS to the swine flu, viruses that threaten the developed world seem to be growing in ranks. Even as medical science rises to the challenge, our knowledge of viruses is filled with troubling gaps and bewildering realities. Starting on the virus front lines-the rainforests of central Africa-this program unlocks the truth about nature's greatest terror weapons. Viewers learn why HIV is such a successful virus, why monkey pox may become the next global killer, and why viruses actually benefit marine ecosystems. In addition, the film shows how modern agriculture and international travel have given viruses more chances than ever to flourish inside us.
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52 min.
10 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on May 04, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Virus: Public Enemy No. 1 (1:54)
  • Viral Outbreaks (2:01)
  • Swine Flu Pandemic (2:00)
  • Nature of Viruses (2:07)
  • Viruses and Cell Destruction (2:33)
  • Viruses: Dominant Life Forms (2:09)
  • Ancient Life Forms in Yellowstone National Park (2:04)
  • Ancient Life Forms and Viruses (2:00)
  • Viruses and the Evolution of Life (2:09)
  • Rabies: Deadly Virus (1:50)
  • Immune Systems (2:12)
  • Viruses and Species Barrier (2:34)
  • Direct Animal Contact (2:36)
  • Human Defenses Against Viruses (2:13)
  • Eradication of Smallpox (2:24)
  • Viral Mutations (1:59)
  • HIV Hides in Human Cells (2:07)
  • Viruses Acquire Resistance (1:38)
  • Vaccines for Viral Mutations (2:12)
  • Swine Flu Outbreak (2:31)
  • Laboratory Creation of Virus (2:06)
  • Recreation of Polio Virus (2:59)
  • Viruses and Humans (2:32)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c2009.
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41705 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (52 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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