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Resistance is futile: what viruses are, and why we’ll never ‘beat’ them – ZME Science

They’re the most successful group on the planet, and they’re not even alive.

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No other year in living memory has been as heavily influenced by a virus as 2020. But what exactly are viruses, what makes them tick, what about them made us all put our lives on hold?
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The short of it is that viruses are biological machines, supremely well-adapted to a single survival strategy. And this strategy is quite simple — viruses find living cells, infect them, and hijack their biochemical machinery to reproduce. They’ve done away with (or perhaps never developed in the…

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