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Discovering retroviruses : beacons in the biosphere

Author: Anna Marie Skalka
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2018. ©2018
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When invading a host cell, viruses seize cell machinery to make copies of their own genes. The immune system recognizes the invasion. In contrast, retroviruses colonize host cells through the process of reverse transcriptase. Retroviruses open host cell DNA and graft in their retroviral RNA, integrating into the host genome. The immune system has difficulty recognizing or ridding of foreign DNA that has become its  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Skalka, Anna M.
Discovering retroviruses.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2018
(DLC) 2018002504
(OCoLC)1023054801
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Anna Marie Skalka
ISBN: 9780674988774 0674988779
OCLC Number: 1056246388
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 177 pages) : color illustrations, color map
Contents: Early pioneers --
Amending the central dogma --
The origin of retroviruses --
Retroviruses and evolution --
Revealing the genetic basis of cancer --
HIV and the AIDS pandemic.
Responsibility: Anne Marie Skalka.
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Eight percent of our DNA contains retroviruses that are millions of years old. Anna Marie Skalka explains how our evolving knowledge of these particles has advanced genetic engineering, gene delivery  Read more...

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