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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.
Global land-use changes are creating “hot spots” favorable for new coronaviruses

Global land-use changes are creating “hot spots” favorable for new coronaviruses

Researchers identify new therapeutic targets for flaviviruses

Researchers identify new therapeutic targets for flaviviruses

Understanding molecular determinants of liver cancer in patients with Indigenous American ancestry

Understanding molecular determinants of liver cancer in patients with Indigenous American ancestry

Each city has its own exclusive microbiome, finds study

Each city has its own exclusive microbiome, finds study

Climate change makes future outbreaks of West Nile virus more likely in the UK

Climate change makes future outbreaks of West Nile virus more likely in the UK

Genetic editing tools stop the spread of Culex mosquitoes

Genetic editing tools stop the spread of Culex mosquitoes

Novel drug is highly effective in preventing severe COVID-19 in mice

Novel drug is highly effective in preventing severe COVID-19 in mice

New wiki promotes development of innovative saliva-based diagnostic tests and customized treatment

New wiki promotes development of innovative saliva-based diagnostic tests and customized treatment

Study finds unique molecular mechanism by which Hepatitis C virus evades host’s immune system

Study finds unique molecular mechanism by which Hepatitis C virus evades host’s immune system

New method helps tests large groups for SARS-CoV-2 infection

New method helps tests large groups for SARS-CoV-2 infection

Plant-based technology reveals key process in virus infection cycle in dynamic detail

Plant-based technology reveals key process in virus infection cycle in dynamic detail

New projections can help support COVID-19 patients experiencing homelessness

New projections can help support COVID-19 patients experiencing homelessness

Researchers discover canine coronavirus in East Malaysia

Researchers discover canine coronavirus in East Malaysia

Wild relatives of modern peanut plants can withstand diseases

Wild relatives of modern peanut plants can withstand diseases

Scientists shed light on the origins of Mimivirus and other giant viruses

Scientists shed light on the origins of Mimivirus and other giant viruses

New, patented method helps drugs to easily enter the cells

New, patented method helps drugs to easily enter the cells

Phage display platform helps discover new antifreeze proteins

Phage display platform helps discover new antifreeze proteins

Researchers identify the biosynthesis mechanism of new DNA nucleobases

Researchers identify the biosynthesis mechanism of new DNA nucleobases

Metagenomic sequencing helps examine differences in the gut microbiome after injury

Metagenomic sequencing helps examine differences in the gut microbiome after injury

Researchers sequence genome of raccoon dogs that are reservoir hosts for coronaviruses

Researchers sequence genome of raccoon dogs that are reservoir hosts for coronaviruses