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Viruses have always lived among humans, and they killed many millions of people. In fact, without a host, these microscopic parasites cannot reproduce or survive. As scientists discover the chemical rules by which each virus plays, they can begin to control how a virus affects us.

Companion slide set to the video, "Viruses."

Author(s): Deanne Erdmann, MS, and Nancy Moreno, PhD
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Avian Influenzas: The Viruses

Avian Influenzas: Ability to Change (part 1)

Avian Influenzas: Ability to Change (part 2)

Pandemics of the 20th Century

Avian Influenza: H5N1

Flu: An Introduction

Flu: The virus

Flu: Transmission and Symptoms

Flu: Treatment

Flu: Prevention

Disease Prevention in Humans

Transmission of Infectious Diseases

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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.