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Modern virology is a intriguing field of science, discovery, research and learning. The discovery of molecular particles known as viruses set about an entirely new field of medicine and curing, realizable only by the particular traits of the virus and its relationships to humanity.

It would not be prudent to say that any one person was responsible for the discovery of the virus, as there were at least several people involved in the possible awareness, isolation, developmental understanding and representation of the concept 'virus' within our history. To learn more about these relationships, please view the pages under the 'History' menu.

Also, viruses are not a black and white problem (so to speak). Their very nature makes them impossible to physically remove from the body, and they are not absences of anything, so they cannot be replaced with new parts. Viruses are tiny, molecular particles that thrive of their host organisms (in this case, humans), often with MAJOR detrimental functions to the host itself.

Some of today's most noticeable virally based diseases include herpes, aids and cancer. Although much has been done to prevent viral infection, sustain living time for those with deadly infestations and even curtail the noticeable effects of having a viral infestation, we still have a long way to go before we are anywhere near a complete understanding of the virus itself.

This site also maintains a very large list of viruses. Although it is certainly nowhere near complete (i.e. containing every virus in existence), it is certainly very robust, and will give you a much better idea of which viruses affect us, and how they change our reality!

Check out our very long virus definition list here!

Classifications | Functional Uses | History | Intro to Virology | Introduction | Research | Virus Types