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UK Researchers Find Out What Makes Viruses Contagious

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PLOS Pathogens published findings on January 8, 2021, performed by a research team from the Universities of Leeds and York.Viruses spread when one cell becomes infected, and the virus copies its genetic material to other cells.

This intricate process involves the creation of something called virions, or infectious copies of the virus. Each virion consists of a protein shell that carries a total copy of the viral genetic code.

After virions form, they can spread to other cells and cause an infection in humans.Scientists, until now, didn’t know exactly what made viruses contagious, or how they “packaged” their genetic material.

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