Image of hepatitis viruses group

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This negatively-stained transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed the presence of numerous hepatitis B virus (HBV) virions, also know as Dane particles. HBV contains a genome of DNA, and is a member of the family of viruses known as Hepadnaviridae. It is the cause of a serious disease that attacks the liver, and an infection that can be lifelong, known as cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure, and death. Hepatitis B vaccine is available for all age groups to prevent hepatitis B virus infection.
Created: 1976

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