Bacteriophage virus, computer artwork

Bacteriophage virus, computer artwork

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Caption: Bacteriophage virus, computer artwork. A bacteriophage, or phage, is a virus that infects bacteria. It consists of an icosahedral (20-sided) head (top), which contains the genetic material, a tail (pink) and tail fibres (blue), which fix it to a specific receptor site. The tail injects its genetic material into the bacterium, and this hijacks the bacterium's own cellular machinery, forcing it to produce more copies of the virus.

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Keywords: artwork, bacteriophage, bacterium, biological, biology, genetic material, head, icosahedral, illustration, microbiological, microbiology, one, phage, single, tail, tail fibres, viral, virion, virology, virus, virus particle

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