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Hepatitis C Virus, Molecular Model
Ramon Andrade 3dciencia
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Hepatitis C virus. Cut-away molecular model of a hepatitis C virus particle (virion). The virus consists of a core of RNA (ribonucleic acid) enclosed in a capsid (red and grey), and surrounding by a glycoprotein envelope (green and white). Inserted in the envelope are surface proteins (red and yellow), which help the virus attach to its host cell. The hepatitis C virus infects liver cells causing an inflammatory disease that can lead to degeneration and scarring (cirrhosis). It is transmitted by blood-to-blood contact. There is no vaccine for hepatitis C.
May 9th, 2013
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