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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.
Innovative gene therapy to cure multiple eye diseases

Innovative gene therapy to cure multiple eye diseases

Cryo-EM helps visualize the detailed structure of viral genome replication machinery

Cryo-EM helps visualize the detailed structure of viral genome replication machinery

Experts urge to recognize the need for more rational discourse around the future of virology

Experts urge to recognize the need for more rational discourse around the future of virology

Collaboration across European countries accelerates the characterization of an emergent plant virus

Collaboration across European countries accelerates the characterization of an emergent plant virus

Scientists receive $10 million from HHMI for research on using viruses as therapeutic agents

Scientists receive $10 million from HHMI for research on using viruses as therapeutic agents

Native genome model of a “live” virus replicated

Native genome model of a “live” virus replicated

New revelations on the immune system’s defenses against infections

New revelations on the immune system’s defenses against infections

New scalable approach for the diagnosis of multiple respiratory viruses

New scalable approach for the diagnosis of multiple respiratory viruses

Grasping how a biological pathway causes stem cells to regenerate or die

Grasping how a biological pathway causes stem cells to regenerate or die

A new-found possibility for viral and cancer drug therapies

A new-found possibility for viral and cancer drug therapies

Researchers expand the known defensive abilities of CRISPR–Cas systems

Researchers expand the known defensive abilities of CRISPR–Cas systems

Emerging viruses could be easily detected with a simple nasal swab

Emerging viruses could be easily detected with a simple nasal swab

Structure of the complete virion of S. epidermidis–infecting phage revealed

Structure of the complete virion of S. epidermidis–infecting phage revealed

Simple inexpensive test determines the genetic susceptibility to PML

Simple inexpensive test determines the genetic susceptibility to PML

Insight into the treatment for Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Virus

Insight into the treatment for Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Virus

Study unravels a novel function of the gene scissors

Study unravels a novel function of the gene scissors

AI creates artificial DNA to control cell protein production

AI creates artificial DNA to control cell protein production

Improving potential of cellular therapies with CAR T therapy

Improving potential of cellular therapies with CAR T therapy

Chemically attenuated live DNA virus vaccine prevents viral infection

Chemically attenuated live DNA virus vaccine prevents viral infection