Coloured TEM of the Herpes Simplex virus

Coloured TEM of the Herpes Simplex virus

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Caption: Herpes simplex virus. Coloured transmission electron micrograph of a Herpes simplex virus (red and white area at centre). The symmetrical capsid or protein coat of the virus is seen at centre, consisting of 162 capsomeres (hexagonally arranged protein units). Herpes simplex is a DNA virus, occurring in two forms: type 1 and 2. These types are visually identical, but biochemically different. Herpes simplex is a parasite of humans, causing a variety of infections including whitlows and cold sores of the mouth & genitalia. Genital herpes is sexually transmitted, and associated with cervical cancers in women. Magnification: x200,000 at 6x4.5cm size.

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Keywords: cold sore, genital herpes, herpes simplex, herpes simplex virus, virus, virus causing

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