Peter Piot, Director of London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, interviewed by Jay Walker (TEDMED Foundation)
-TEDMED Foundation/ The Telegraph
‘Virus hunter’ Peter Piot on the way forward with SARS-CoV2
Boston: Director of London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Peter Piot answers 100 questions on The Virus with Director, TEDMED Foundation
1. TEDMED: Let’s start with the basics. What is a virus?
A virus is a very tiny particle of RNA or DNA genetic code protected by an outer protein wrapper.
2. How common are viruses?
Viruses are everywhere. It’s amazing to realize that if you add them all up, all the viruses in the world weigh more than all the living matter in the world – including all of the plants, animals and bacteria. 10% of the human genome is derived from virus DNA. The Earth truly is a “virus planet!”
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The Telegraph/ TEDMED Foundation, 19 March, 2020, https://www.telegraphindia.com/health/coronavirus-sars-cov2-like-the-influenza-virus-will-likely-be-with-us-for-a-long-long-time/cid/1755788