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This transmission electron micrographic (TEM) image reveals some of the ultrastructural morphology exhibited by a number of ribonucleic acid (RNA) rotavirus virions, and a number of unknown, much smaller, 29 nm virus particles. A rotavirus has a characteristic wheel-like appearance when viewed by electron microscopy, hence the name, rotavirus, derived from the Latin rota, meaning wheel. Rotaviruses are non-enveloped, double-shelled viruses, making the virus stable in the environment.
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Content Provider(s): CDC/ E. L. Palmer
Creation Date: 1981
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