Model of adenovirus

Made:
1974-1976 in England

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Model of adenovirus, made by Mrs. C.V. Waugh, 1974-1976

The adenovirus was discovered in 1953. Since then a hundred types have been found, 47 of which affect humans. Adenoviruses are a type of virus that contains DNA and cause conjunctivitis, gastroenteritis and infections in the respiratory tract. This cardboard and plastic model shows type 5, which causes respiratory infections.

A body must fight off an adenovirus itself as antibiotics are ineffective. All adenoviruses are this shape, which is icosahedral or twenty sided. Adenoviruses are only visible using an electron microscope.

Details

Category:
Microbiology
Object Number:
1981-2206
Materials:
cardboard, complete, metal (unknown), paper (fibre product) and wood (unidentified)
type:
model
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • scientific equipment
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
John Innes Institute. Dept. of Ultrastru