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Viruses cause familiar infectious diseases such as the common cold, flu, warts, HPV, chicken pox, shingles, norovirus, West Nile, measles and more. They are microscopic biological agents that reproduce inside the cells of living hosts. When infected by a virus, a host cell is forced to produce thousands of identical copies of the original virus at an extraordinary rate. After contacting a host cell, a virus will insert genetic material into the host and take over that host's functions. The virus continues to reproduce, but it produces more viral protein and genetic material instead of the usual cellular products and is...
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