Viruses1 - ) and begins making new viruses. Eventually the...

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Viruses Viruses consist of a nucleic acid (DNA or RNA) enclosed in a protein coat (known as a capsid ). The capsid may be a single protein repeated over and over, as in tobacco mosaic virus (TMV). It may also be several different proteins, as in the T- even bacteriophages . Once inside the cell, the nucleic acid follows one of two paths: lytic or lysogenic.
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Retroviruses , such as Human Immunodifficiency Virus (HIV) , also include the enzyme reverse transcriptase with the viral RNA. Reverse transcriptase makes a single-stranded viral DNA copy of the single-stranded viral RNA. The single stranded viral DNA is subsequently turned into a double-stranded DNA. The lytic cycle occurs when the viral DNA immediately takes over the host cell (remember that viruses are obligate intracellular parasites
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Unformatted text preview: ) and begins making new viruses. Eventually the new viruses cause the rupture (or lysis) of the cell, releasing those new viruses to continue the infection cycle. The lysogenic cycle occurs when the viral DNA is incorporated into the host DNA as a prophage. When the cell replicates the prophage is passed along as if it were host DNA. Sometimes the prophage can emerge from the host chromosome and enter the lytic cycle spontaneously once every 10,000 cell divisions. Ultraviolet light and x-rays may also trigger emergence of the prophage. Transduction is the transfer of host DNA from one cell to another by a virus. Some bacteriophages are temperate since they tend to go lysogenic rather than lytic. These types of viruses are able to transduce fragments of the host DNA....
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