Characteristics: Norovirus is a small virus that is covered in protein and has RNA in it and the norovirus has positive sense RNA. Norovirus infects humans and causes inflammation of stomach and intestines. Symptoms of the norovirus are vomiting and diarrhea. This virus will last for one to three days in the human body, but it is extremely contagious. The man who discovered many of its gastroenteritis properties is Albert Kapikian.
Medical Research: Norovirus has played a very important role in medical research because this virus could not be studied for a long period of time. Many scientists could not figure out how to grow this virus in culture so it could be studied. Eventually a group of scientists at Baylor College were able to successfully grow norovirus. This breakthrough allowed scientists to learn a lot of new information about human gastroenteritis viruses. Now researchers can develop procedures to stop the infection of norovirus and other harmful viruses that cause gastroenteritis. Norovirus is very important in medical research as a virus that researchers could study to develop cures for other viruses that have similar effects.