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Institute of Virology

What do we do? We study viruses. Viruses are not living things; rather, they are very complex molecules that reprogram living cells for their own multiplication.
This process can take place quietly and unnoticed, but in many cases leads to a typical clinical picture. We deal with all aspects of biology and biochemistry of viruses and the mechanisms of disease development.
Our research deals with viral diseases that are relevant to animals ("Mouse Mammary Tumor Virus", epidemic late mortality of swine, swine fever, bovine viral diarrhea, Borna's disease, Usutu virus) and / or humans ("West Nile Virus", hepatitis E virus) but also developments for therapeutic gene transfer ("virus painting", retroviral vectors).
Our powerful virus diagnostics covers about 40 veterinary relevant viruses with modern detection methods.

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