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Basics of Virology

Learn more about viruses, their structure, genome and genetics, how they replicate and their effects on human health.

Health Care
Free Course
This free online course on the basics of Virology serves as an eyeopener to the world of viruses. The course will help you understand nature and the many types of viruses. How viruses infect, replicate, mutate and the effect on our health. You will learn about virus structure, genomes and genetics. By the end of the course you will be able to understand how viruses attach and infect our bodies. Start learning about the world of viruses today.
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    1.5-3 Hours
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This course begins by outlining an extensive definition of a virus. You will learn about the continuous presence of viruses. You will learn about the history behind the existence of viruses. You will also learn about various types of viruses and their properties.You will learn about the virus infectious cycle. You will also learn about how to measure the intensity of viruses in the infectious cycle and how to measure infectious and non-infectious particles. You will learn about virions. You will also learn about various virus entry pathways. You will also learn about virus fusion and the entry of viruses through fusion in the endosome membrane.

The course then discusses virus genomes and genetics. You will learn about the genetic information of viruses and the genetic code. You will also learn about the seven genome types. You will also learn about the structure of virus genomes and their replication schemes. You will explore the structure of a virus. You will learn about the various components of a virus. You will also learn the role of the virus protein shell in protecting the genome. You will learn about rules for assembling viruses known as symmetry rules. You will also learn about the structural similarities and differences of various viruses.

This course introduces you to the fundamentals of virology. It will be of great help for anyone interested in understanding the functioning of viruses. This course comes in handy for anyone in the health sector who wishes to have a deeper understanding of virus structure and how they attach, enter and infect us. By the end of the course, you will be in a position to understand virus structure and the infection cycle. Start this interesting learning journey today.

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the existence and nature of viruses
  • Describe the impact of viruses to our well being
  • Explain the infectious cycle of viruses
  • Outline the seven virus genome types
  • Distinguish between the seven virus genome types
  • Describe the diverse structure of viral DNA or RNA genomes
  • Explain the process by which viruses attach and enter into living cells
  • Describe the process by which viruses replicate


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