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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.
Relaxed blood donation rules for gay men and sex workers in England and Scotland

Relaxed blood donation rules for gay men and sex workers in England and Scotland

WHO alerts countries to increasing trend of HIV drug resistance

WHO alerts countries to increasing trend of HIV drug resistance

Cow immunization may lead to new human vaccines and treatments for HIV, study finds

Cow immunization may lead to new human vaccines and treatments for HIV, study finds

UAlberta researchers find strong clues to underlying cause of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders

UAlberta researchers find strong clues to underlying cause of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders

AIDS deaths halve and 19 million people on life saving treatment

AIDS deaths halve and 19 million people on life saving treatment

Skin-applied microneedle patch boosts immunization to seasonal flu vaccine recipients, study finds

Skin-applied microneedle patch boosts immunization to seasonal flu vaccine recipients, study finds

Scientists unlock secrets of indestructible virus to create super-durable materials

Scientists unlock secrets of indestructible virus to create super-durable materials

Study shows how cancer cells force normal cells to act like viruses to enable tumor growth

Study shows how cancer cells force normal cells to act like viruses to enable tumor growth

Genetic therapy for two inherited neurologic diseases moves closer to human clinical trials

Genetic therapy for two inherited neurologic diseases moves closer to human clinical trials

FDA approves fixed-dose combination tablet for treating adults with chronic hepatitis C

FDA approves fixed-dose combination tablet for treating adults with chronic hepatitis C

New antibody-based assay differentiates Zika from similar viral infections

New antibody-based assay differentiates Zika from similar viral infections

Researchers discover gene mutations that worsen respiratory infections among children

Researchers discover gene mutations that worsen respiratory infections among children

Scientists find simple way to raise accuracy of diagnostic tests and common assays

Scientists find simple way to raise accuracy of diagnostic tests and common assays

Prior dengue fever in people infected by Zika does not lead to worse illness

Prior dengue fever in people infected by Zika does not lead to worse illness

CRISPR technology shows potential as a “molecular recorder” through DNA encoded movie

CRISPR technology shows potential as a “molecular recorder” through DNA encoded movie

Zika virus affecting teenage mothers in Brazil

Zika virus affecting teenage mothers in Brazil

FDA panel recommends new breakthrough gene therapy for B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

FDA panel recommends new breakthrough gene therapy for B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

New research helps unravel ecological interplay of African bat, novel virus and a parasite

New research helps unravel ecological interplay of African bat, novel virus and a parasite

Potential vaccines could protect developing fetus from Zika virus, UTMB study shows

Potential vaccines could protect developing fetus from Zika virus, UTMB study shows

Scientists positively influence immune response in viral and bacterial co-infection

Scientists positively influence immune response in viral and bacterial co-infection