The use of viral vectors in vaccine development

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What is a viral infection?

A virus is a small piece of genetic material that seeks a host to live inside and multiply. They are so small, in fact, that billions of viruses can fit on the head of a pin. Unlike bacteria, which can survive on their own, viruses need a living host to survive. When a virus enters […]

COVID-19 fattens the cells of our body to feed its viral dominance

Illustration of a SARS-CoV-2 viral particle entering a cell. The particle passes through a cell membrane, made of two layers of lipids. A PNNL-OHSU team has shown how lipids are key to the virus’ ability to replicate. (Illustration by Michael Perkins/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) The virus that causes COVID-19 takes massive control of the body’s […]

Genomes of six viruses that infect Asgard archaea from deep-sea sediments

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