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Scanning electron micrograph of a T4 bacteriophage. Viruses infect every known organism on Earth; these peculiar bug-like ones infect bacteria.

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T4 Bacteriophage Virus. T4 bacteriophages are parasites of Escherichia coli, a bacteria common in the human gut. The virus attaches itself to the host bacteria cell wall by its tail fibers; the sheath then contracts, injecting the contents of the head ,DNA, into the host. The viral DNA makes the bacteria manufacture more copies of the virus. - TEM