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Bacteriophage Viruses
18" x 12"
Photographic Print

Bacteriophage viruses Computer artwork of T bacteriophages or phages about to infect a bacterium cell Phages are viruses that infect bacteria Tphages consist of an icosahedral sided head which contains the genetic material either DNA or RNA and a thick tail with several bent tail fibres The tail is used to inject the genetic material into the host cell to infect it The phage then uses the bacteriums genetic machinery to replicate itself When a sufficient number have been produced the phages exit the cell by lysis a process that kills the cell