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Viruses can be classified in several ways. The most useful is probably by the type of nucleic acid the virus contains, but they can also be classified:
  • by their geometry
  • by whether they have envelopes
  • by the identity of the host organism they can infect
  • by mode of transmission
  • by the type of disease they cause

Classification by type of constituent nucleic acid (i.e. by genome type), with examples:

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