TIM VERNON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY TIM VERNON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Animation of African swine fever virus particles. This is the structure of the intracellular form of the virus. It consists of a protein capsid (blue) that encloses an inner lipid envelope, a protein core shell and a core of double-stranded DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) genetic material. The capsid has protruding surface proteins that allow the virus to attach to its target cells. African swine fever virus causes African swine fever, a haemorrhagic fever in pigs that has a high mortality rate.
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