Why multipartite viruses infect plants rather than animals       by Dr. Petter Holme(WRHI Specially Appointed Professor)

Why multipartite viruses infect plants rather than animals  by Dr. Petter Holme(WRHI Specially Appointed Professor)

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Being in between living and non-living, viruses are, in general, strange. Among viruses, multipartite viruses are among the most peculiar—their genome is not packed into one, but many, particles. Multipartite viruses primarily infect plants rather than animals. A recent paper by Dr. Petter Holme and his collaborative researchers uses mathematical and computational models to explain this observation.

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