Structure and particle counts of the influenza virus and the adenovirus
In recent years the concept of a virus has changed. The idea of an indivisible particle of infection has slowly given place to notions that it is an object that possesses a structure whose components differ in their nature and function. Indeed, now the complexity of virus structure is apparent, the traditional expression “a virus particle” has become inept. As an illustration of some recent ideas of virus structure it is of interest to review and contrast what is now known of the structure of two viruses both causing a respiratory infection in man and both very similar in size. One is the influenza virus, which has been the object of research over many years ; the other, the more recently isolated adenovirus (originally described under the name APC virus).
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