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A question about Bacteriophage with a lysogenic cycle

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A question about Bacteriophage with a lysogenic cycle

Postby kosho » Sat Apr 30, 2005 9:09 am

Hello to the Microbiology forum
This question is related to Bacteriophage.

Can we find a Bacteriophage with a lysogenic cycle that
is using RNA as his inheritance material and that after penetrating the cell transform the inheritance material to DNA ( like retrovirus that use some enzymes for translating their RNA to DNA) ?
Or that in Bacteriophages with a lysogenic cycle we can only find DNA as a inheritance material ?
If a specific Bacteriophage can be brought as example it will be even better .
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Postby MrMistery » Wed May 04, 2005 6:44 pm

I have never heard of one...
But in biology there is no proving the "No" answer. MAybe there is one out there and we haven't descovered it yet...
What do you know about this, Patrick?
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Postby canalon » Wed May 04, 2005 9:04 pm

I do not know any such bacteriophages either. And I haven't been able to find anything related in a quick search. Sorry for that.

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Thanks

Postby kosho » Thu May 05, 2005 4:30 pm

Just wanted to say thanks for your replies. :P
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Postby MrMistery » Thu May 05, 2005 7:50 pm

You are most welcome. I have looked through a virology book that i have around here(it ain't even mine) and i couldn't find information about such a virus, but also couldn't find anything that sais it is not possible
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