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What are viruses?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Much smaller than bacteria, viruses are not independent organisms; they need one of your body's cells, or host cell, to reproduce, unlike bacteria, which can reproduce on their own. A virus invades a host cell, switches out the host's genetic code with its own, then uses the cell's equipment and resources to pump out lots and lots of new viruses, which go off and invade other host cells.
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