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Do viruses only attack animals?
A virus is a microscopic organism that can replicate only inside the cells of a host organism. Most viruses are so tiny they are only observable with at least a conventional optical microscope. Viruses infect all types of organisms, including animals and plants, as well as bacteria and archaea.
Do viruses invade only plants and animals?
A virus is an infectious agent that can only replicate within a host organism. Viruses can infect a variety of living organisms, including bacteria, plants, and animals.
Do viruses only target animals and humans?
A virus must attach to a living cell, be taken inside, manufacture its proteins and copy its genome, and find a way to escape the cell so that the virus can infect other cells. Viruses can infect only certain species of hosts and only certain cells within that host.
How does a virus affect only one kind of animal?
Most viruses only infect one kind of animal. Even though animals are related, there are small differences in the cells of each kind of animal. It is like the cells of different animals have specific doors and locks on the outsides of the cells. Viruses open those “locks” and can only use that kind of animal as a host.
Are there any viruses that are harmless to humans?
Other viruses, such as rabies virus, can infect different species of mammals and are said to have a broad range. The viruses that infect plants are harmless to animals, and most viruses that infect other animals are harmless to humans.
Can a virus infect more than one host cell?
Viruses can infect only certain species of hosts and only certain cells within that host. Specific host cells that a virus must occupy and use to replicate are called permissive.
Which is the first step in infection of an animal virus?
The first key step in infection is recognition: an animal virus has special surface molecules that let it bind to receptors on the host cell membrane.