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1. Deals with the study of viruses; submicroscopic, parasitic particles of genetic material contained in a protein coat. It focuses on, but is not limited to, the following details of viruses: their structure, classification and evolution, their ways to infect and exploit host cells for reproduction, their interaction with host organism physiology and immunity, the diseases they cause, the techniques to isolate and culture them, and their use in research and therapy. (

Word origin: From New Latin virus + International Scientific Vocabulary -logy

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