Viruses and Cell Death

Collection 025001: Cells can do a variety of things when infected by a virus. The virus hijacks the cell’s nucleus and uses it to produce new viruses; eventally killing the cell which breaks up and releases the new viral particles. The Respiratory Syncytial viruses  (second group of shots) cause the cells to all join together in an enormous multiple cell (Syncytium). Eventually the whole tissue sloughs away and is lost. The symptoms of such a virus are rather like a mild cold.


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