Latent viruses wait for a ‘sign’ to kill the host

  • Evan Ariel
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Phages can sense bacterial DNA injury, permitting them to replicate and ‘abandon ship’.

More than two years into the Covid-19 pandemic, you’ll be able to think about the virus as a nasty spiked sphere – a senseless killer that enters a cell and hijacks its equipment to make hundreds of thousands of copies of itself earlier than attacking.

For many viruses, together with the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, the epithet “irrational killer” is actually true.

But there may be extra to virus biology than meets the eye.

Let’s take a look at HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. HIV is a retrovirus that doesn’t begin killing immediately after coming into a cell.

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