Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Monday, May 11, 2015

Virus Classification

Since their initial discovery of viruses in 1898, about 5,000 viruses have been described in detail, although there are millions of different types.

These non-cellular human pests typically contain one of two types of genomes, made up of either short strands of DNA or RNA. Shortly after a virus enters a cell, it is usually the synthetic machinery of the host cell that allows the virus to create specialized elements called capsid that allow their genome to transferred to other cells efficiently.

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Viruses » Pathogen Profile Dictionary

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