volume 9, issue 2, P261-276 2014
DOI: 10.1177/1746847714526661
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Abstract: Viral aesthetics have become increasingly present in representations of health and illness. Since electron microscopy was first used to graphically isolate HIV, the 'viral look' has influenced academic and popular discussions about life and death. Commonly, the virus is associated with rapid and unseen transmission, hiding and genetic recoding that make identification and elimination difficult, and 'sleeper cell' behavior that delays detection and treatment. Visually isolating, eliminating and controlling mol…

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