Virus

What is a Virus?

A virus is a small infectious agent that can only replicate inside the cells of another organism. The word is from the Latin ''virus'' referring to poison and other noxious substances, first used in English in 1392. ''Virulent'', from Latin ''virulentus'' (poisonous), dates to 1400. A meaning of "agent that causes infectious disease" is first recorded in 1728, The term ''virion'' is also used to refer to a single infective viral particle. The plural is "viruses".

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Already approved drugs may hold the key to treating new coronavirus

Already approved drugs may hold the key to treating new coronavirus

Amazon warns against marking up mask prices, Facebook bans misleading coronavirus ads

Amazon warns against marking up mask prices, Facebook bans misleading coronavirus ads

Coronavirus virus unlikely to be transmitted to humans via food, consumer goods

Coronavirus virus unlikely to be transmitted to humans via food, consumer goods

New compounds may help stop the spread of the coronavirus

New compounds may help stop the spread of the coronavirus

APEIRON Biologics launches clinical trial of respiratory drug to treat coronavirus infection

APEIRON Biologics launches clinical trial of respiratory drug to treat coronavirus infection

Coronavirus worsens with 46 countries confirming virus infections – is it just starting?

Coronavirus worsens with 46 countries confirming virus infections – is it just starting?

Coronavirus vaccine trials commence

Coronavirus vaccine trials commence

Australia activates pandemic plan due to global coronavirus crisis

Australia activates pandemic plan due to global coronavirus crisis

Americans should prepare themselves for coronavirus spread, CDC official warns

Americans should prepare themselves for coronavirus spread, CDC official warns

New form of gene editing slows ALS progression in mice

New form of gene editing slows ALS progression in mice

HKUST scientists provide leads for guiding research towards COVID-19 vaccine development

HKUST scientists provide leads for guiding research towards COVID-19 vaccine development

Promega's custom manufacturing capabilities support rapid development of Logix Smart COVID-19 Test

Promega's custom manufacturing capabilities support rapid development of Logix Smart COVID-19 Test

Study sheds new light on the immune system’s ability to deal with co-infection

Study sheds new light on the immune system’s ability to deal with co-infection

As the coronavirus spreads, Americans lose ground against other health threats

As the coronavirus spreads, Americans lose ground against other health threats

Italy rushes to contain coronavirus spread, reports four more deaths

Italy rushes to contain coronavirus spread, reports four more deaths

Iran’s coronavirus death toll now highest outside China – Health Minister gets infected

Iran’s coronavirus death toll now highest outside China – Health Minister gets infected

Researchers reveal new details about how joint inflammation evolves in rheumatoid arthritis

Researchers reveal new details about how joint inflammation evolves in rheumatoid arthritis

Clinical trial to evaluate safety, efficacy of remdesivir in adults with COVID-19 begins

Clinical trial to evaluate safety, efficacy of remdesivir in adults with COVID-19 begins

Understanding the arms race between bacteria and viruses

Understanding the arms race between bacteria and viruses

Scientists join forces to combat coronavirus outbreak

Scientists join forces to combat coronavirus outbreak