Hepatitis C virus, artwork

Hepatitis C virus, artwork

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Credit: HYBRID MEDICAL ANIMATION/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Artwork of hepatitis C virus particles (virions). Each virus consists of a core of RNA (ribonucleic acid) enclosed in a capsid, and surrounding by a glycoprotein envelope. Inserted in the envelope are surface proteins (spikes), 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, no-one, nobody, particle, pathogen, pathogenic, rna virus, small group, surface protein, viral, virion, virology, virus, white background

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