Coloured SEM of a T-cell infected with HIV viruses

Coloured SEM of a T-cell infected with HIV viruses

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Caption: HIV infected T-cell. Coloured Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of a T-lymphocyte blood cell, infected with Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The cell surface contains many projections; in the area coloured red can be seen viruses (pink dots) budding from the cell. HIV viruses are believed to cause AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). HIV infects the T-cell, a cell involved in the body's immune response, and instructs the cell to produce more HIV viruses. By this process of infection the T-cell is killed. Depletion of T-cells in the blood results in the destruction of a person's immune system in the disease of AIDS.

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Keywords: aids, aids infection, aids virus, budding, hiv, hiv virus, infected, infected t-cell, infection, lymphocyte, t-cell, virus

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