Growth Curve and Life Cycle of Viruses

This Demonstration gives a graphical description of a viral life cycle. Specifically, we show the inoculation, eclipse, maturation and plateau phases of the viral growth curve as well as the attachment, penetration, uncoating, biosynthesis, assembly and release steps of the subsequent viral life cycle. A explanation of the processes occurring in each phase is given, explaining the relevant details of the cell biology of the viral life cycle. A generalized logistic function was used to approximate the shape of the "one-step" viral growth curve.


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This was a project for Advanced Topics in Mathematics II, 2017–2018, Torrey Pines High School, San Diego, CA.
[1] J. M. Willey, L. M. Sherwood and C. J. Woolverton, Prescott's Microbiology, 9th ed., New York: McGraw-Hill, 2014.
[2] N. Parker, M. Schneegurt, A.-H. T. Tu, B. M. Forster, P. Lister, et al., Microbiology. (Feb 19, 2018)
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