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Beyond coronavirus: the virus discoveries transforming biology

A composite image of nine coloured micrographs of virus species with different shapes and sizes

Viruses come in all shapes and sizes, such as the giant mimivirus (top right) and the lunar-lander-shaped bacteriophage (centre). Credit: False-colour electron micrographs (not to same scale). Top row L–R: Smallpox virus; Acidianus bottle-shaped virus; Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus. centre row L–R: Rabies virus; T4 bacteriophage; rotavirus. Bottom row L–R: Ebola virus; Tobacco rattle virus; HIV-2. SPL; M. Häring et al./J. Virol.; E. Ghigo et al./PLOS Pathog.; Frederick A. Murphy/CDC Global

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