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Name: Jarrard
Status: other
Grade: 12+
Location: KY
Country: USA
Date: Spring 2013


Question:
Would it be possible for certain viruses to mutate or fuse together?



Replies:
Hi Jarrard, Thanks for the question. Yes, it is possible for viruses to mutate. In fact, mutations in HIV are the reason why it is so hard to develop anti-viral agents to fight HIV infections. Yes, viruses can "fuse" together. In this process, a bacteria becomes infected with two different viruses and new virions (virus particles) are produced. A small percentage of these virions have genetic material from both of the original viruses. In fact, this "fusion" is used in the study of bacterial genetics. I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have more questions. Thanks Jeff



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