poxvirus

noun
pox·vi·rus | \ˈpäks-ˌvī-rəs \

Definition of poxvirus 

: any of a family (Poxviridae) of brick-shaped or ovoid double-stranded DNA viruses that have a surface lipoprotein membrane covered with tubular or globular structures and that include the vaccinia virus and the causative agents of cowpox, myxomatosis of rabbits, and smallpox

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Once the researchers glued the full genome together and introduced it into cells infected by another type of poxvirus, the cells began to produce infectious particles. Emily Baumgaertner, BostonGlobe.com, "As gene editing spreads, risk of biological weapons looms," 16 May 2018 Once the researchers glued the full genome together and introduced it into cells infected by another type of poxvirus, the cells began to produce infectious particles. Emily Baumgaertner, BostonGlobe.com, "As gene editing spreads, risk of biological weapons looms," 16 May 2018 Once the researchers glued the full genome together and introduced it into cells infected by another type of poxvirus, the cells began to produce infectious particles. Emily Baumgaertner, BostonGlobe.com, "As gene editing spreads, risk of biological weapons looms," 16 May 2018 Once the researchers glued the full genome together and introduced it into cells infected by another type of poxvirus, the cells began to produce infectious particles. Emily Baumgaertner, BostonGlobe.com, "As gene editing spreads, risk of biological weapons looms," 16 May 2018 Once the researchers glued the full genome together and introduced it into cells infected by another type of poxvirus, the cells began to produce infectious particles. Emily Baumgaertner, BostonGlobe.com, "As gene editing spreads, risk of biological weapons looms," 16 May 2018 Once the researchers glued the full genome together and introduced it into cells infected by another type of poxvirus, the cells began to produce infectious particles. Emily Baumgaertner, New York Times, "As D.I.Y. Gene Editing Gains Popularity, ‘Someone Is Going to Get Hurt’," 14 May 2018 The researchers, led by poxvirus expert Andreas Nitsche of the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin, Germany, decoded the entire genetic blueprint of the vaccinia strain. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Maybe you shouldn’t vaccinate your kids—maybe equinate them instead," 12 Oct. 2017 The vaccine is made from a live virus called vaccinia, which is a poxvirus that is similar to smallpox but less harmful. Laurie Mcginley, chicagotribune.com, "FDA cracks down on stem-cell clinics offering risky treatments," 28 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of poxvirus

1891, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for poxvirus

New Latin

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poxvirus

noun
pox·vi·rus | \ˈpäks-ˌvī-rəs \

Medical Definition of poxvirus 

: any of the family Poxviridae of brick-shaped or ovoid double-stranded DNA viruses

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