August 1, 2018 (Vol. 38, No. 14)
Strong Points: Extensive list of viruses to explore
Weak Points: Website is a little dated, some links don’t work
Viruses are no longer the sole domain of virologists, as their ability to deliver genetic information into cells provides exciting opportunities for a variety of fields. The Big Picture Book of Viruses, from the Garry Lab at Tulane University, gives users a closer look into the microscopic structure of the viruses themselves. Users can search the vast catalog of viruses by name, structure, host, or disease, and get information about the virus’ taxonomy, genome, and morphology. Additionally, electron microscopy images are provided for most of the viruses, which allow users to get a closer look at the unique structure of each virus. The Big Picture Book of Viruses is a fun documentation of viral types, accompanied by some very cool images of the viruses themselves.