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Full Viruses: A basic description

Viruses: A basic description

Full Viruses: A basic description

You might be familiar with the word “virus,” whether you’ve heard it from news reports, a diagnosis at the doctor’s office, or even in science class. But what exactly is a virus? In this resource collection, we will dig into the question “What is a virus, anyway?” to help reveal a basic understanding of virology, and how these microscopic units can impact all life on earth.

Full Viruses: A basic description
Full What are viruses made of?

What are viruses made of?

Full What are viruses made of?

Given their daunting biological task (infecting a host) and their limited biological capital, viruses have no choice but to be thrifty. While every strain of virus has its own unique size and shape, the primary function of a virus’s biological “stuff” is pretty standard: transmit a copy of their genetic material from an infected cell to an uninfected cell. What is this biological stuff, anyway? Let’s take a look!

Full What are viruses made of?
Full Viral Symmetry and Genetic Economy

Viral Symmetry and Genetic Economy

Full Viral Symmetry and Genetic Economy

Throughout history viruses have consistently emerged as important pathogens with distinct genetic organizations, replication strategies, and biophysical properties. However, despite this incredible diversity in virus organization, nearly all known virus structures subscribe to the rules of geometric symmetry. It’s a matter of (genetic) economics!

 

Full Viral Symmetry and Genetic Economy
Full Coronavirus Biology

Coronavirus Biology

Full Coronavirus Biology

There are many types of coronaviruses. In fact, scientists have been studying coronaviruses since the 1960s. But, it was not until 2020 that “coronavirus” became a household name due to the global pandemic caused by a novel coronavirus species, SARS-CoV-2. What is a coronavirus? How does a coronavirus infect cells? Why are coronavirus genomes so large? Let’s explore.

Full Coronavirus Biology

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Jeanne Garbarino Jeanne Garbarino avatar

Jeanne was once rescued by the FDNY after getting her head stuck in a fence. She then grew up to become a biochemist.
Director of RockEDU Science Outreach
The Rockefeller University
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