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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.
Newly approved gene therapy for SMA is based on delivery vehicle discovered by Penn expert

Newly approved gene therapy for SMA is based on delivery vehicle discovered by Penn expert

Study sheds light on the burden of dengue in Bangladesh

Study sheds light on the burden of dengue in Bangladesh

Measles vaccination for all to prevent future disease outbreaks

Measles vaccination for all to prevent future disease outbreaks

Tips to stay safe and well when temperatures soar

Tips to stay safe and well when temperatures soar

NIAID announces two awards for the study of influenza immunity in kids

NIAID announces two awards for the study of influenza immunity in kids

University of Miami establishes AIDS Research Center to curb HIV epidemic

University of Miami establishes AIDS Research Center to curb HIV epidemic

Scientists identify target to ‘tone down’ hyper-active immunity to influenza infection

Scientists identify target to ‘tone down’ hyper-active immunity to influenza infection

Study explores how exposure to potential triggers can increase risk of type 1 diabetes

Study explores how exposure to potential triggers can increase risk of type 1 diabetes

Monkey-infecting virus shows promise as potential component of future HIV vaccine

Monkey-infecting virus shows promise as potential component of future HIV vaccine

Newly discovered molecules safely halt the gene editing process

Newly discovered molecules safely halt the gene editing process

UGA researchers create statistical method to better predict disease reemergence

UGA researchers create statistical method to better predict disease reemergence

Host-cell enzymes vital for inhibiting mutant forms of coronavirus, study finds

Host-cell enzymes vital for inhibiting mutant forms of coronavirus, study finds

Researchers map virulence factor of influenza A virus in real-time

Researchers map virulence factor of influenza A virus in real-time

New coalition to boost fight against blood-feeding insects

New coalition to boost fight against blood-feeding insects

Scientists develop single vaccination approach to combat influenza and pneumococcal infections

Scientists develop single vaccination approach to combat influenza and pneumococcal infections

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