Smallpox virus is an equal opportunity borrower.
It has to live.
It has to replicate itself in order to live. It has to borrow human cells in order to replicate. It has to continually find new cells that are usable–cells that aren’t already mutilated. When it has used up the cells in one human host it has to move on to another.
No discrimination here. Smallpox doesn’t care who it borrows cells from. Its host can live in a palace or under a bridge. It’s all the same to the virus.
The “dumbbell-shaped” structure inside the smallpox virion is the viral core, which contains the viral DNA. This DNA acts as the blueprint by which the virus replicates itself once it is released into the host cell. Photo Credit: Content Providers(s): CDC/ Dr. Fred Murphy; Sylvia Whitfield, Public Health Image Library</a> (PHIL).
Watch for future posts on these topics and more:
- disease detectives
- smallpox in history
- folk remedies tried
- earlier methods of prevention
- the vaccine that worked
- family experiences
- global health news
- the debate: maintain or destroy the remaining vials of smallpox virus
- Our family in Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon
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