Why Do Viruses Exist? | SHE-ensya Why Series

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Hello Science Fans!

We are experiencing a massive change in our lifestyles because of a virus.

Here in the Philippines, Metro Manila and its neighboring provinces are once again in “Extreme Community Quarantine”, the most stringent form of lockdown in the country. This was caused by another spike of cases that exceeded the number of newly infected cases per day from the initial wave last July to August 2020.

As we contemplate life from within the four walls of our homes, have you ever wondered why viruses exist?

In this episode of the SHE-ensya Why Series, we discuss some of the basic principles needed to understand viruses.

We discuss the basic structure of a virus – how it’s made up of mostly two types of biomolecules (protein + nucleic acid). And yet despite this simplicity, it can take over the complex machinery of our cells once it gains entry.


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