Model of adenovirus

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.

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cardboard, complete, metal (unknown), paper (fibre product) and wood (unidentified)
  • visual and verbal communication
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • scientific equipment
John Innes Institute. Dept. of Ultrastru

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