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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.
Low blood iron levels increase risk of Dengue

Low blood iron levels increase risk of Dengue

Ticks now carrying multiple diseases, says new study

Ticks now carrying multiple diseases, says new study

Mutant live attenuated Ebola virus elicits protective immunity in monkeys

Mutant live attenuated Ebola virus elicits protective immunity in monkeys

Stopping cold viruses dead by blocking replication

Stopping cold viruses dead by blocking replication

No more tears: immunization without needles

No more tears: immunization without needles

Study: Most U.S. adults are unaware that HPV causes anal, penile, and oral cancers

Study: Most U.S. adults are unaware that HPV causes anal, penile, and oral cancers

Dengue fever is endemic in places where iron deficiency is more common

Dengue fever is endemic in places where iron deficiency is more common

Stanford-UCSF researchers report new cure for common cold in human cells and mice

Stanford-UCSF researchers report new cure for common cold in human cells and mice

West Nile Virus samples found 10 miles apart came from different places, NAU scientist finds

West Nile Virus samples found 10 miles apart came from different places, NAU scientist finds

Editing away cancer and HIV in China: win or lose?

Editing away cancer and HIV in China: win or lose?

Discovery opens up new opportunities to understand the genetics of cancer

Discovery opens up new opportunities to understand the genetics of cancer

HCV-infected donor kidneys are safe and functional one year post-transplantation

HCV-infected donor kidneys are safe and functional one year post-transplantation

Papilloma viruses capable of spreading via blood

Papilloma viruses capable of spreading via blood

Scientists attempt to cure HIV using CRISPR, with varying results

Scientists attempt to cure HIV using CRISPR, with varying results

Developing broad-spectrum antivirals to target many viruses at once

Developing broad-spectrum antivirals to target many viruses at once

Developing next generation treatment to counteract opioid addiction

Developing next generation treatment to counteract opioid addiction

Nanocapsules packed with gene-editing tools could be promising platform for many gene therapies

Nanocapsules packed with gene-editing tools could be promising platform for many gene therapies

Research shows link between genetic mutation and flu-related heart complications

Research shows link between genetic mutation and flu-related heart complications

New study supports link between enteroviral infections and type 1 diabetes

New study supports link between enteroviral infections and type 1 diabetes

Microbiome loss from antibiotic use affects response to flu vaccine

Microbiome loss from antibiotic use affects response to flu vaccine