Nobel Prizes and the emerging virus concept

  title={Nobel Prizes and the emerging virus concept},
  author={E. C. J. Norrby},
  journal={Archives of Virology},
  • E. Norrby
  • Published 30 April 2008
  • Biology
  • Archives of Virology
The existence of infectious agents smaller than bacteria was demonstrated already during the 1890s. After this discovery it took more than 50 years before a resilient definition of viruses could be given. There were separate developments of knowledge concerning plant viruses, bacterial viruses and animal viruses. In the mid-1930s, Wendell Stanley at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research at Princeton described the purification and crystallization of tobacco mosaic virus. The finding of… 
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