duplex dNA sequences in a eukaryotic chromosome (corresponding to the genome of an rNA retrovirus) that are transmitted from one cell generation to the next without causing lysis of the host. Proviruses are often associated with neoplastic cell transformation and are key features of retrovirus biology.
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Viruses insert proviruses into cells. The provirus is the genetic code for that virus. This is how a virus can turn a cell into a virus factory. However, some proviruses can remain latent, so an infected cell will pass on that provirus ...
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