The Discovery of the Causal Agent of the Tobacco Mosaic Disease

@inproceedings{Zaitlin1998TheDO,
  title={The Discovery of the Causal Agent of the Tobacco Mosaic Disease},
  author={Milton Zaitlin},
  year={1998}
}
The discovery of the causal agent of the disease causing mosaic and distortion on tobacco plants, with the concomitant realization that the etiologic agent was something unique - a virus - came at the end of the 19th century. This marked the beginning of the science of virology, although many diseases now known to be caused by viruses were described much earlier. This review documents the contributions of the three men who were the pioneers in this work, namely, Adolph Mayer, Dmitrii Iwanowski… 
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