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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): Deanne Erdmann, MS, and Nancy Moreno, PhD
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Avian Influenzas: Ability to Change (part 1)

Cloning Involves Making Identical Copies

Recombinant DNA Technology

Nitrogen Cycle

Flu: The virus

Sources of Information

Infectious Diseases - Definitions

Koch’s Postulates

Infectious Disease Agents

Transmission of Infectious Diseases

Phases of Infectious Disease

How Infectious Agents Cause Disease

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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.