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Introduction to Viruses

Introduction to Viruses

Viruses are submicroscopic particles that can be seen only with a powerful electron microscope. They are not cells, but consist of genetic material, enclosed in a protective layer of protein. Learn more about the nature of viruses, and how scientists are working to understand and combat them.

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Author(s): Sonia Rahmati Clayton, PhD, and Nancy Moreno, PhD
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Flu: The virus

Kingdoms and Domains

Systematics: Evolutionary Classification of Organisms

Taxonomic Diagrams

Human Immune System

Infectious Disease Agents

Example of an Infectious Disease - AIDS

Where Do Viruses Fit?

The Kingdom Monera - Archaebacteria

What Are Viruses?

What are Viruses Made Of?

How Are Viruses Classified?

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Video and transcript courtesy of Wah Chiu, PhD, National Center for Macromolecular Imaging at Baylor College of Medicine. Funding for the video provided by NCMI, NIH.