benign virus

benign virus

A prank virus that does not cause damage. It does such things as randomly displaying a message on screen declaring "Peace on Earth" or causing the computer to make a clicking sound every time a key is pressed on some famous person's birthday. Fortunately, most viruses are benign.
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However, it appears that the mania did not fully take hold until several decades later when some tulip varieties were infected by a benign virus that caused the petals to develop multi-colored patterns.
It involves passing a virus several times through a growth medium--for viruses, this might be an egg or monkey kidney because viruses require living cells--to create a more benign virus to be used in vaccines.
Professor of Virology in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Cornell, discussed his ongoing study of the molecular mechanism of the transformation of the enteric form of feline coronavirus, a relatively benign virus that is usually tolerated by cats, to the highly virulent FIP form of the virus, which is nearly always fatal.
Widely accepted methods for turning adult tissue cells into iPSCs involve benign virus vectors that are used to deliver reprogramming genes.
Widely accepted methods for turning adult skin cells, for example, into iPSCs involve benign virus vectors that are used to deliver reprogramming genes.
Duan and post-doctoral researcher Dejia Li took a different approach: they placed the MCAT gene inside a benign virus, and injected the virus into the mice.
HSV-1, which is related to Epstein-Barr and cytomegaloviruse (CMV), is not a benign virus that just causes cold sores.
In some cases, kids think they have a benign virus.
The scientists delivered the gene therapy by attaching it to a benign virus that infected mouse liver cells.
The natural reaction of the public is that it's a pretty benign virus," notes Paul Lieberman of the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia.
Minor molecular changes turned an avian flu that broke out in Hong Kong and killed six people from a benign virus to a potentially more deadly one, according to scientists from a U.
Mind you, there is a case for it being hit by some benign virus that brightens it up a bit.