Diploid Viruses?

RYBICKI, ED ED at molbiol.uct.ac.za
Mon Oct 24 12:18:45 EST 1994


> Recently, I was browsing a Virology WWW page, when I came across a
> referance to "Diploid" viruses. It seemed to imply that these were 

Retroviruses are diploid in the sense that the particles appear to 
contain 2 copies of the ssRNA genome - which are linked together in 
an apparently not-altogether-too-well-understood manner (according 
to Fields et al., 1990).  Could have something to do with the 
unnecessarily complicated replication mechanism (template switches, 
etc.)

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