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We live in a world of viruses. Viruses infect billions of people each year. They can cause mild disease like colds or deadly ones like AIDS. Viruses also infect other animals, plants, and even bacteria. In a spoonful of seawater, there are millions of viruses. In fact, viruses are by far the most common life forms on Earth!

Scientists today are learning surprising things about how the world of viruses works. They are designing new vaccines and treatments to fight viruses.

They are even harnessing viruses to do useful things, like helping to treat diseases and build nanotechnology.

“World of Viruses” will introduce you to these mysterious and powerful life forms. On this Web site you can find radio programs, graphic stories, activities, and pictures that explore some of the biggest questions about viruses.

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World of Viruses was made possible by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA), Grant R25 RR024267-01 (2007- 2012), from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of NCRR or NIH.