Latest Retrovirus Stories
DNA's role as the master blueprint of the cell means that even small sequence changes can have catastrophic consequences.
The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the cause of AIDS, makes use of the base excision repair pathway when inserting its DNA into the host-cell genome.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) â€“ which causes AIDS â€“ invades human immune cells and causes them to produce new copies of the virus, which can then infect new cells.
Although untreated HIV infection eventually results in immunodeficiency (AIDS), a small group of people infected with the virus, called elite suppressors (0.5 percent of all HIV-infected individuals), are naturally able to control infection in the absence of antiretroviral therapy, or HAART.
Gene transcription is central to cell function, as it converts the information stored in the DNA into RNA molecules of defined sequence, which then program protein synthesis.
Retroviruses are viruses made up of RNA genetic material. Endogenous retroviruses (ERV) are those sequences derived from retroviral infections introduced into the germinal line cells that, being incorporated in the genome, are transmitted from generation to generation.
Understanding the evolution of life-threatening viruses like influenza, Ebola and dengue fever, could help us to minimize their impact.
Biologists from The University of Texas at Arlington have uncovered virus fragments from the same family of the modern Hepatitis B virus locked inside the genomes of songbirds such as the modern-day zebra finch.
TUCSON, Ariz., Sept.
Over millions of years, retroviruses, which insert their genetic material into the host genome as part of their replication, have left behind bits of their genetic material in vertebrate genomes.
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