Hepatitis C viruses, artwork

Hepatitis C viruses, artwork

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Credit: RICHARD BIZLEY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Hepatitis C viruses. Artwork of hepatitis C virus particles (virions). The virus consists of a core of RNA (ribonucleic acid) enclosed in a capsid, and surrounding by a glycoprotein envelope (purple). Inserted in the envelope are surface proteins (brown and purple spheres), which help the virus attach to its host cell. The hepatitis C virus infects liver cells causing an inflammatory disease that can lead to degeneration and scarring (cirrhosis). It is transmitted by blood-to-blood contact. There is no vaccine for hepatitis C.

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Keywords: artwork, biological, biology, envelope, enveloped, hepatitis c virus, illustration, liver disease, medical, medicine, microbiological, microbiology, particle, particles, pathogen, pathogenic, proteins, ribonucleic acid, rna virus, surface protein, viral, virion, virions, virology, virus, viruses

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