Published Online: 19 APR 2001
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McKenna, R. and Faulkner, L. 2001. Virus Structure. eLS. .
- Published Online: 19 APR 2001
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Viruses are infectious obligate intracellular parasites consisting of RNA or DNA in a protective coat. They cannot increase in size but can replicate in susceptible host cells, which may or may not be destroyed by viral replication and release.
- icosahedral symmetry;
- helical symmetry;
- tailed phage;
- enveloped virus