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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.
New study explores how herpes simplex virus may change during familial transmission

New study explores how herpes simplex virus may change during familial transmission

Direct‐acting antiviral therapy linked to 71% reduction in liver cancer risk

Direct‐acting antiviral therapy linked to 71% reduction in liver cancer risk

Study examines risk of using liver organs from hepatitis C positive donors

Study examines risk of using liver organs from hepatitis C positive donors

Daily aspirin therapy linked to reduced risk of HBV‐related liver cancer

Daily aspirin therapy linked to reduced risk of HBV‐related liver cancer

HCV screening or diagnosis could lower non‐prescribed opioid use

HCV screening or diagnosis could lower non‐prescribed opioid use

Gene circuit can be used to switch on inside cancer cells and stimulate immune attack, study suggests

Gene circuit can be used to switch on inside cancer cells and stimulate immune attack, study suggests

HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer risk remains generally low, study suggests

HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer risk remains generally low, study suggests

Two studies set groundwork for new avenues to treat influenza and anthrax poisoning

Two studies set groundwork for new avenues to treat influenza and anthrax poisoning

Study opens door to new approach for curing HIV infections

Study opens door to new approach for curing HIV infections

NTNU researchers reveal how HCV converts innocent cells into virus factories

NTNU researchers reveal how HCV converts innocent cells into virus factories

Fever in first trimester of pregnancy increases risk for birth defects, study shows

Fever in first trimester of pregnancy increases risk for birth defects, study shows

Zika virus outbreak in Ecuador worsened by El Niño and 2016 earthquake

Zika virus outbreak in Ecuador worsened by El Niño and 2016 earthquake

World’s only Atomo HIV Self Test receives CE Marking from European Union Notified Body

World’s only Atomo HIV Self Test receives CE Marking from European Union Notified Body

Ebola vaccine that provides a year’s worth of protection developed

Ebola vaccine that provides a year’s worth of protection developed

Calcium controls use of glucose by T cells to multiply and battle against infection, study finds

Calcium controls use of glucose by T cells to multiply and battle against infection, study finds

Study reveals unique norovirus characteristic of hiding from host immune system

Study reveals unique norovirus characteristic of hiding from host immune system

Scientists better understand how rabies virus induces drastic changes in behavior

Scientists better understand how rabies virus induces drastic changes in behavior

Duke researchers unravel how fever in early pregnancy increases risk for heart, facial birth defects

Duke researchers unravel how fever in early pregnancy increases risk for heart, facial birth defects

New serotypes of Zika virus could appear in near future, researcher cautions

New serotypes of Zika virus could appear in near future, researcher cautions

Abnormalities of blood vessels in the brain may play major role in development of schizophrenia

Abnormalities of blood vessels in the brain may play major role in development of schizophrenia