What is virology?

  • (noun): The branch of medical science that studies viruses and viral diseases.


Virology is the study of viruses and virus-like agents: their structure, classification and evolution, their ways to infect and exploit host cells for reproduction, their interaction with host organism physiology and immunity, the diseases they cause, the techniques to isolate and culture them, and their use in research and therapy. Virology is considered to be a subfield of microbiology or of medicine.

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Some articles on virology:

John Skehel
... In 1984 he was made head of the virology division, followed by a promotion in 1987 to director of the Institute ... in 1988, the ICN International Prize in Virology in 1992, knighted in 1996 and the Royal Medal in 2003 for "his pioneering research into virology" ...
Lipothrixviridae - Virology
... From either end of the viron are protrusions extending from the core through the envelope ... The capsid itself is elongated and exhibits helical symmetry ...
Geoffrey L. Smith
... Before that, he was Head of the Department of Virology at Imperial College London ... in 1977 and in 1981 gained a PhD in Virology whilst in London at the National Institute for Medical Research ... Smith was editor-in-chief of the Journal of General Virology up until 2008 and chairs the WHO's Advisory Committee on Variola Virus Research ...
History of Virology
... of chicken sarcoma, a solid tumor, with a virus, and thus Rous became "father of tumor virology" ... As bacteria could be grown easily in culture, this led to an explosion of virology research ...