Duration: 3 hours
Learn about the taxonomy, function and significance of a range of different types of viruses. Viruses do not contain all of the components found in other single-cell or multicellular organisms. They do contain a DNA module which holds the genetic information of the virus and a protein shell, but they do not contain cytoplasm. Viruses infect and inhabit the cells of a host organism, and act upon cytoplasm within the host’s cells. They can be grown in a laboratory on cultured living cells of other organisms such as human, plant or animal cells, but they cannot be grown alone without living host cells.
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