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DEFECTIVE VIRUS [1 record]

Record 1 2012-08-06

English

Subject field(s)
  • Microbiology and Parasitology
  • Genetics
DEF

A virus which is unable to reproduce in its host without the presence of another virus (named "helper virus") because it lacks one or more genetic functions necessary for its replication.

French

Domaine(s)
  • Microbiologie et parasitologie
  • Génétique
DEF

Virus mutant qui n'est capable de se reproduire après infection qu'en présence d'un virus assistant.

Spanish

Campo(s) temático(s)
  • Microbiología y parasitología
  • Genética
DEF

Virus que, por sí mismo, es incapaz de reproducirse cuando infecta a su célula hospedadora, pero que puede crecer en presencia de otro virus; este segundo virus le proporciona la necesaria maquinaria molecular de la que carece.

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