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Hepatitis C virus. Rotating animation of a 3D model of the hepatitis C virus (HCV), a positive-sense single-stranded RNA virus which causes inflammation, scarring, and eventual cirrhosis of the liver. The viral RNA is contained in an icosahedral protein shell (light green), surrounded by a lipid (fatty) envelope containing glycoproteins embedded on its surface (rounded, darker green).
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