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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 highlights novel approach for designing anti-viral drugs

Study highlights novel approach for designing anti-viral drugs

Researchers conduct molecular analysis of the 2021 Bundibugyo virus outbreak

Researchers conduct molecular analysis of the 2021 Bundibugyo virus outbreak

Researchers devise a new method for safer delivery of RNA drugs

Researchers devise a new method for safer delivery of RNA drugs

T cell-depleted macaques can mount potent memory responses against SARS-CoV-2

T cell-depleted macaques can mount potent memory responses against SARS-CoV-2

Researchers develop repository showcasing antibody activity on spike protein variants

Researchers develop repository showcasing antibody activity on spike protein variants

Study employs llama nanobodies to hunt human cytomegalovirus

Study employs llama nanobodies to hunt human cytomegalovirus

Already characterized active substances exhibit unexpected effects

Already characterized active substances exhibit unexpected effects

Study reveals SARS-CoV-2 variant is less sensitive to inhibition by antibodies

Study reveals SARS-CoV-2 variant is less sensitive to inhibition by antibodies

Natto, a Japanese fermented soybean dish, may hold the key to COVID-19 treatment

Natto, a Japanese fermented soybean dish, may hold the key to COVID-19 treatment

SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617 can infect lung and intestinal cells more efficiently than the original virus

SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617 can infect lung and intestinal cells more efficiently than the original virus

L452R mutation of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein is involved in cellular immunity evasion

L452R mutation of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein is involved in cellular immunity evasion

Study identifies many small molecules that bind to certain areas of the SARS-CoV-2 genome

Study identifies many small molecules that bind to certain areas of the SARS-CoV-2 genome

Rapid, more accurate test to detect antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 spike protein

Rapid, more accurate test to detect antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 spike protein

Cells damaged by chronic lung disease favor SARS-CoV-2 entry

Cells damaged by chronic lung disease favor SARS-CoV-2 entry

Novel gene therapy offers hope to children with genetic, neurodegenerative diseases

Novel gene therapy offers hope to children with genetic, neurodegenerative diseases

Emerging variants of COVID-19 could be treated with a new anticoagulant drug

Emerging variants of COVID-19 could be treated with a new anticoagulant drug

Study reveals how fine-tuning the immune system can improve vaccines, reduce disease severity

Study reveals how fine-tuning the immune system can improve vaccines, reduce disease severity

New study maps the evolutionary history and interrelationships of protein domains

New study maps the evolutionary history and interrelationships of protein domains

Mutations on SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins create antibody-resistant variants

Mutations on SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins create antibody-resistant variants

Scientists decode humans’ adaptations to historical coronavirus outbreaks

Scientists decode humans’ adaptations to historical coronavirus outbreaks