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A virus is a microscopic infectious agent that can reproduce only inside a host cell. Viruses infect all types of organisms: from animals and plants, to bacteria and archaea. Since the initial discovery of tobacco mosaic virus by Martinus Beijerinck in 1898, more than 5,000 types of virus have been described in detail, although most types of virus remain undiscovered. Viruses are ubiquitous, as they are found in almost every ecosystem on Earth, and are the most abundant type of biological entity on the planet. The study of viruses is known as virology, and is a branch of microbiology.
Structure of unique amyloid fibrils could lead to discovery of new antibiotics

Structure of unique amyloid fibrils could lead to discovery of new antibiotics

Researchers find new evidence to support structure-based classification system for viruses

Researchers find new evidence to support structure-based classification system for viruses

Research reveals workings of ‘hidden code’ within genome of Human Parechovirus

Research reveals workings of ‘hidden code’ within genome of Human Parechovirus

Australia's Ross River Virus could be next global epidemic, study suggests

Australia's Ross River Virus could be next global epidemic, study suggests

Single flexible fiber delivers combination of signals back and forth into the brain

Single flexible fiber delivers combination of signals back and forth into the brain

Study reveals mechanisms behind Zika transmission to fetus and adverse perinatal outcomes

Study reveals mechanisms behind Zika transmission to fetus and adverse perinatal outcomes

Duke Health scientists identify proteins in mucous that confirm viral infection

Duke Health scientists identify proteins in mucous that confirm viral infection

Monash-Cardiff researchers gain new understanding of how HIV evades immune system

Monash-Cardiff researchers gain new understanding of how HIV evades immune system

Researchers explore ways to tamper reproductive events in dengue- and Zika-spreading mosquito

Researchers explore ways to tamper reproductive events in dengue- and Zika-spreading mosquito

New portable device may hold key to accurately detecting Zika virus

New portable device may hold key to accurately detecting Zika virus

Treating multiple myeloma with rabbit virus eliminates majority of malignant cells, study shows

Treating multiple myeloma with rabbit virus eliminates majority of malignant cells, study shows

NIH launches new study to test experimental vaccine that targets mosquito-transmitted diseases

NIH launches new study to test experimental vaccine that targets mosquito-transmitted diseases

Cancer mortality rates vary among major Hispanic ethnic groups

Cancer mortality rates vary among major Hispanic ethnic groups

Scientists engineer smallest CRISPR-Cas9 system to date

Scientists engineer smallest CRISPR-Cas9 system to date

Listeria may pose severe risk of miscarriage in early stages of pregnancy

Listeria may pose severe risk of miscarriage in early stages of pregnancy

NIH workshop: Zika-affected infants may face complex health and developmental problems

NIH workshop: Zika-affected infants may face complex health and developmental problems

Researchers identify new unexpected cause for hidden hearing loss

Researchers identify new unexpected cause for hidden hearing loss

New computer model recommends intervention strategies to mitigate pandemics

New computer model recommends intervention strategies to mitigate pandemics

Research provides more evidence that mRNA vaccines can protect mice against Zika virus

Research provides more evidence that mRNA vaccines can protect mice against Zika virus

UTMB researchers unravel mystery of how Zika virus causes birth defects

UTMB researchers unravel mystery of how Zika virus causes birth defects