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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.
Study reveals genomic structures that allow SARS-CoV-2 virus to control the infection process

Study reveals genomic structures that allow SARS-CoV-2 virus to control the infection process

Researchers use metal-organic frameworks to target prostate cancer cells

Researchers use metal-organic frameworks to target prostate cancer cells

Genetic modification in the ‘coat’ of fatal brain virus may allow it to escape antibodies

Genetic modification in the ‘coat’ of fatal brain virus may allow it to escape antibodies

Adipose tissue plays key role in the aggravation of COVID-19

Adipose tissue plays key role in the aggravation of COVID-19

Research sheds light on T cell abnormality in critically ill COVID-19 patients

Research sheds light on T cell abnormality in critically ill COVID-19 patients

Researchers investigate solutions to make cell membranes resistant to coronavirus entry

Researchers investigate solutions to make cell membranes resistant to coronavirus entry

Chemists identify effective inhibitors to block the uptake of SARS-CoV-2

Chemists identify effective inhibitors to block the uptake of SARS-CoV-2

Gaining new insights into bacterial pneumonia

Gaining new insights into bacterial pneumonia

Vibrational motions of spike proteins correlate with infectivity, lethality of SARS-CoV-2 virus

Vibrational motions of spike proteins correlate with infectivity, lethality of SARS-CoV-2 virus

Transparent stretchable PVC film can inactivate novel coronavirus

Transparent stretchable PVC film can inactivate novel coronavirus

Pairs of antibodies may be more effective at preventing and treating COVID-19

Pairs of antibodies may be more effective at preventing and treating COVID-19

Endogenous viral elements play important role in genome evolution of green algae

Endogenous viral elements play important role in genome evolution of green algae

Study detects changes in how diseased neurons sense and use oxygen

Study detects changes in how diseased neurons sense and use oxygen

Several hepatitis C drugs can inhibit the SARS-CoV-2 main protease

Several hepatitis C drugs can inhibit the SARS-CoV-2 main protease

Discovery of 'Achilles heel' in protein crucial to HIV virulence paves way for new drugs

Discovery of 'Achilles heel' in protein crucial to HIV virulence paves way for new drugs

Study: 95.5% of current entries in GISAID lack relevant COVID-19 patient information

Study: 95.5% of current entries in GISAID lack relevant COVID-19 patient information

Interleukin 10 levels could warn about the progression of COVID-19

Interleukin 10 levels could warn about the progression of COVID-19

Pollution is partly linked to rapid proliferation of SARS-CoV-2 in the U.S.

Pollution is partly linked to rapid proliferation of SARS-CoV-2 in the U.S.

MIT chemists determine molecular structure of SARS-CoV-2 protein

MIT chemists determine molecular structure of SARS-CoV-2 protein

Astrocytes regulate inhibitory synapses by binding to neurons

Astrocytes regulate inhibitory synapses by binding to neurons