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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 project involves understanding link between opioid crisis and cancer

New project involves understanding link between opioid crisis and cancer

Previous dengue infection could protect against Zika-associated damage

Previous dengue infection could protect against Zika-associated damage

New findings could be used as vaccination strategy for sexually transmitted infections

New findings could be used as vaccination strategy for sexually transmitted infections

Vaccination helps protect the public from measles

Vaccination helps protect the public from measles

Naturally occurring human antibody reveals hidden weakness in influenza virus

Naturally occurring human antibody reveals hidden weakness in influenza virus

Longer-acting, injectable HIV treatments on the horizon

Longer-acting, injectable HIV treatments on the horizon

Study provides insight on how two proteins help influenza A virus to fight its way to cells

Study provides insight on how two proteins help influenza A virus to fight its way to cells

New book examines circuitous history behind the investigation of cancer as contagious illness

New book examines circuitous history behind the investigation of cancer as contagious illness

Researchers describe the impact of chronic hepatitis D on parts of the immune system

Researchers describe the impact of chronic hepatitis D on parts of the immune system

Low humidity could be flu virus' best friend

Low humidity could be flu virus' best friend

Probiotic-derived molecule optimizes the immune system to combat viral inflammatory diseases

Probiotic-derived molecule optimizes the immune system to combat viral inflammatory diseases

Study reveals long-term behavioral deficits after developmental Zika infection

Study reveals long-term behavioral deficits after developmental Zika infection

Researchers identify 25 counties to be most at risk for measles outbreaks in the U.S.

Researchers identify 25 counties to be most at risk for measles outbreaks in the U.S.

Harvard scientists uncover key mechanism that allows viruses to replicate

Harvard scientists uncover key mechanism that allows viruses to replicate

Scientists investigate function of AAPP in mosquito blood feeding

Scientists investigate function of AAPP in mosquito blood feeding

New findings could facilitate the development of hepatitis C mouse model

New findings could facilitate the development of hepatitis C mouse model

Scientists discover mechanism responsible for chronic inflammation in MS

Scientists discover mechanism responsible for chronic inflammation in MS

Slow-release HIV vaccine shows promise in preclinical trials

Slow-release HIV vaccine shows promise in preclinical trials

Study reveals how dengue virus replicates in infected cells

Study reveals how dengue virus replicates in infected cells

Egg yolk precursor protein plays key role in regulating mosquitos’ attraction to humans

Egg yolk precursor protein plays key role in regulating mosquitos’ attraction to humans