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Herpes simplex type 1 virus (HSV-1) particle, computer artwork. HSV particles (virions) are composed of an outer lipid (fatty) envelope and an icosahedral protein core (capsid) encasing DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), the genetic material of the virus. HSV-1, more commonly known as oral herpes, causes sores around the mouth and lips called fever blisters or cold sores.
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