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What does it mean if something is a retrovirus?

What does it mean if something is a retrovirus?

RNA to DNA: It means that the RNA of the virus gets "reverse transcribed" into dna so it can the be inserted into the human dna. This is the opposite of what usually happens (dna gets transcribed into rna). It's called a "retrovirus" because the transcription is backwards. ...Read more

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Is it true that rhinovirus is a retrovirus?

Is it true that rhinovirus is a retrovirus?

No: It is a picornavirus. There are some similarities (it's genome is made of rna) but it is not a retrovirus (like hiv). It is a cause of the common cold, and it typically not life threatening. ...Read more

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Why is a retrovirus harder to treat than other viruses?

Why is a retrovirus harder to treat than other viruses?

Wrong premise: All viruses are hard to treat. In fact very few viruses have any treatment. It is not accurate to say that HIV is harder to treat than other viruses. It is hard to treat because it is a virus and viruses mutate and become resistant to antivirals. ...Read more

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Is the influenza a retrovirus?

Is the influenza a retrovirus?

No, but its still...: ...Deadly. Influenza is still a leading killer, inspite of the existence of a vaccine. It is not part of the family of viruses known as retroviruses, which tend to incorporate themselves into the genome of the host cell. Get your flu-shopt every year and wash your hands regularly during the flu-season. ...Read more

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Please help Baby 2 mths old blood test positive for something "retrovirus" can't get hold of doctor for more info until Monday what could it be?

Please help Baby 2 mths old blood test positive for something "retrovirus" can't get hold of doctor for more info until Monday what could it be?

Don't ask yet: It was a mistake to give you this partial information, so it is likely that the information itself is mistaken. Don't pursue this until you are able to get an accurate answer from the physician; if it is serious, he/she will probably schedule a face-to-face meeting. ...Read more

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What are some examples of retroviruses besides hiv?

What are some examples of retroviruses besides hiv?

Retrovirus: 1) Reoviridae ~Rotavirus: Rotavirus A-C ~Coltivirus: Colorado tick fever virus ~Seadornavirus: Banna virus 2) Retroviridae ~Deltaretrovirus: Human T-lymphotropic virus 1-2 ~Lentivirus: HIV 1-2 3) Hepadnaviridae ~Orthohepadnavirus: Hepatitis B virus ...Read more

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Why are retroviruses such as HIV notoriously difficult to treat?

Why are retroviruses such as HIV notoriously difficult to treat?

Mutating&Evolving: It was difficult to treat in eightees when the virus was discovered&there was no drugs to treat but over the years many new drugs and combination of drugs have been discovered&it has become easier to treat Yes it is difficult to treat because retro virus is constantly mutating,changing and basically evolving and that's the reason the virus evades the drugsThats why it is difficult to make Vaccine ...Read more

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How do retroviruses such as HIV differ from other types of viruses?

How do retroviruses such as HIV differ from other types of viruses?

Rev transcriptase: "retro-" means backwards and the virus carries RNA which is translated backwards to dna by their own reverse transcriptase; the dna is then integrated into the host's genome. The "endogenous retroviruses" can even be passed from generation by infection the sperms / eggs. ...Read more