Hepatitis viruses: characterization and diagnostic techniques.

Abstract

Two human hypatitis viruses have been identified and characterized, but one or more additional agents exist. Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a complex 42-nm predominantly double-stranded DNA virus with distinct surface and core antigens and an endogenous DNA polymerase. Hepatitis A virus (HAV) is a 27-nm RNA virus with enterovirus-like properties. Progressively… (More)

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