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The Microbial WorldUniversity of Wisconsin - MadisonAnimal Viruses© 2007 Kenneth Todar University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Bacteriology
 
Influenza Virus H5N1 (avian influenza)General Features of Viruses
Viruses consist of nucleic acid (DNA or RNA)surrounded by a protein coat called a
capsid
.The capsid is made up of individual structural
 
subunits called
capsomeres
. The combination of the nucleic acid genome enclosed in the capsidis called the
nucleocapsid
. In addition, manyanimal viruses have an
envelope
, which is amembranous lipid structure that surrounds thenucleocapsid.The structural components of a Herpes virus areillustrated below. 

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