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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.
Research suggests that weanling pigs are susceptible to West Nile virus infection

Research suggests that weanling pigs are susceptible to West Nile virus infection

HHS to ensure safe, effective drugs delivered to developing countries under the President's $15 billion plan for AIDS relief

HHS to ensure safe, effective drugs delivered to developing countries under the President's $15 billion plan for AIDS relief

The federal government should expand its role in the financing of HIV/AIDS treatment for low-income Americans

The federal government should expand its role in the financing of HIV/AIDS treatment for low-income Americans

Genetically engineered viruses may create new class of cancer therapies

Genetically engineered viruses may create new class of cancer therapies

West Nile virus found in Arizona

West Nile virus found in Arizona

3 people with drug-resistant HIV become first to undergo a new form of gene therapy

3 people with drug-resistant HIV become first to undergo a new form of gene therapy

Largest study comparing leading hepatitis C treatments

Largest study comparing leading hepatitis C treatments

Genomed treatment helps bald eagles with West Nile virus encephalitis

Genomed treatment helps bald eagles with West Nile virus encephalitis

Cholesterol-lowering drugs could treat multiple sclerosis

Cholesterol-lowering drugs could treat multiple sclerosis

West Nile virus found in Illinois mosquitoes

West Nile virus found in Illinois mosquitoes

WHO reports on dengue haemorrhagic fever in Indonesia

WHO reports on dengue haemorrhagic fever in Indonesia

Illinois spends $2.3 million to fight West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases

Illinois spends $2.3 million to fight West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases

Critical moment in the history of HIV/AIDS, more money, more political will, more deaths

Critical moment in the history of HIV/AIDS, more money, more political will, more deaths

Botswana begins massive emergency polio campaign

Botswana begins massive emergency polio campaign

Indicators identify shingles patients who have an increased risk of developing persistent pain

Indicators identify shingles patients who have an increased risk of developing persistent pain

Bone marrow and stem cell transplantation rejection averted by UV light exposure

Bone marrow and stem cell transplantation rejection averted by UV light exposure

Alternative vaccine to Dryvax for smallpox

Alternative vaccine to Dryvax for smallpox

China recognizes 10 million Chinese may be HIV-positive by 2010

China recognizes 10 million Chinese may be HIV-positive by 2010

Reports of actor trying to break HIV quarantine

Reports of actor trying to break HIV quarantine

Update AIDS Quarantine list

Update AIDS Quarantine list