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Author(s): Wah Chiu, PhD, and Matthew Dougherty, MS. Slides: Sonia Rahmati Clayton, PhD, and Colleen Krockenberger, BS.

Viruses - Disease

Transcript from "Viruses," National Center for Macromolecular Imaging
Sometimes the virus takes a different path. Instead of reproducing, it will hide in the cell's DNA, waiting, often decades, to begin its takeover. This is why you can have chicken pox at six and shingles at 60. Acyclovir was one of the first antiviral agents, and it's prescribed to combat human herpes viruses 1, 2 and 3. Like smallpox, herpes will become a disease of the past. Directed by the National Institutes of Health, medical researchers aggressively work to understand and control the biochemistry of viruses. They know pursuing and eradicating them will end much disease and human suffering. 

Additional Virus information:
A capsid is a protein shell that protects the genome of the virus.

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Virus images courtesy of Wah Chiu, PhD, National Center for Macromolecular Imaging at Baylor College of Medicine. Funding for the images provided by NCMI, NIH.