RNA-stranded virus

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u62philo
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RNA-stranded virus

Post by u62philo » Mon Oct 13, 2008 11:36 pm

I'm not looking for an answer, I'm looking for some guidance about how to find the answer.

Why does the replication of an RNA-stranded virus take place in the cytoplasm?

Oh, and I should add that my textbook doesn't specify why this is so, just that it is so.

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Post by biohazard » Tue Oct 14, 2008 6:55 am

You should probably start by trying to find out the source and location of the enzymes required in the replication process. For example, what enzymes the virus brings along and what are hijacked from the host cell; where does the virus inject its enzymes or where are the cell's own enzymes located at?

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