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Trends Microbiol. 1998 Apr;6(4):160-5.

Molecular identification of novel viruses.

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Dept of Virology, Chester Beatty Laboratories, London, UK


Viruses are responsible for many of the diseases caused by microbial infection. During the past two decades, approximately 20 new human viruses have been discovered. Many of these new viruses were initially identified using molecular biology techniques, a major advantage of which is the ability to search rapidly for new viruses, known viruses or related, but previously unidentified, members of established virus families in disease samples.

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