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1. (Science: physiology) The time between onset of a stimulus and peak of the ensuing action potential.

2. (Science: microbiology) Of an infection, a period in which the infection is present in the host without producing overt symptoms. The time that elapses between a stimulus and the response to it.

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Re: Question about viruses (particularly hiv)

An infective viral particle population without a coincident host or cell for replication is not per se "dormant." Viral dormancy (or latency) is more commonly used to describe the presence of viral infectivity in a host without causng an obvious disease. Example would be herpes zoster ...

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by JorgeLobo
Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:20 am
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: Question about viruses (particularly hiv)
Replies: 25
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Re: Active/Inactive status of HVS1 or HVS2

... inactivated virus is the same as a dead virus - when talking about viral particles themselves. However, with HSV infections, better term is viral latency, which means that there are no infectious viral particles, but the viral genome still persists in the body, within the genome of the body's ...

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by biohazard
Thu Jun 09, 2011 7:40 am
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: Active/Inactive status of HVS1 or HVS2
Replies: 4
Views: 25199

dialogue for short film

... mentioned: Immunogenicity of Receptor 9 Agonist Vaccine for Postherpetic Neuralgia When I started the stochastic activation of CD4 T cells, the latency was overcome by the Tat-mediated transactivation of the LTR, so the virus gene transcription and production of infection-competent viral particles ...

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by ricketybridge
Sat Jan 09, 2010 12:56 am
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: dialogue for short film
Replies: 4
Views: 4689


... In latent infections, overt dieases are not produced due to the fact that viruses are dormant but at the same time the dieases are not eradicated. Latency results in a virus being able to reactivate itself while also begin able to produce large amounts of viral progeny. Amounts of viral progency ...

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by rabia
Tue May 06, 2008 7:32 pm
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: virology
Replies: 3
Views: 7790

No vaccine for HIV after 25 years ?

... there has also been troubles in choosing an effective antigen(s) for the vaccine. HIV also infects the immune system itself, and can have a long latency periods where the virus simply hides within certain leukocytes. Thus eradicating the virus from the body once the infection has begun is very ...

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by biohazard
Thu Dec 13, 2007 7:48 am
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: No vaccine for HIV after 25 years ?
Replies: 17
Views: 7865
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