Course: Introductory Virology



Virology is the scientific study of viruses – submicroscopic, parasitic organisms of genetic material contained in a protein coat – and virus-like agents. It focuses on the following aspects of viruses: their structure, classification and evolution, their ways to infect and exploit host cells for reproduction, their interaction with host organism physiology and immunity, the diseases they cause, the techniques to isolate and culture them, and their use in research and therapy.

– Wikipedia, 2022.

Course Content
General characteristics of plant, animal and bacterial viruses; viral replication, spread and cytopathic effects. Virus classification, purification and assay. Regulation of lytic development and maintenance of the lysogenic state. Structure, properties and classification of viruses. Principles of isolation, cultivation and maintenance of plant and animal cells in vivo. Application of cell culture technique in virology. Viruses as agents of diseases in animals. Historical background and development of virology. Structure and composition of viruses. Cultivation, isolation and identification of viruses. Antiviral agents such as interferon, bacteriophages; plant and animal viruses. General characteristics of plant viruses. Viral multiplication. Selected viral diseases in plants. Biology of viruses and approaches to control through the use of antiviral agents and genetic engineering. Genome organization, gene expression, replication, movement and transmission across kingdom.

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