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Retroviruses have no DNA. However, the DNA of the infected host cell does possess viral DNA. How is it possible?

Retroviruses have no DNA. However, the DNA of the infected host cell does possess viral
DNA. How is it possible?

Grade:12

2 Answers

grenade
2061 Points
5 years ago
Retroviruses have RNA as genetic material. After the entry of a virus into the body of the host, the virus attacks the macrophage cells of the body where the RNA genome of the virus replicates to form viral DNA with the help of the reverse transcriptase enzyme.
 
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Adarsh
733 Points
5 years ago
When they infect the host’s cell they produce DNA with the help of enzyme reverse transcriptase.This is why even though retroviruses have no DNA the DNA of the infected host cell does possess viral DNA.

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