Do Virus's Attack each Other ?

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Offline neilep

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Do Virus's Attack each Other ?
« on: 13/03/2009 14:01:05 »
Dearest Virusologists (Chris ?)

As a sheepy, if I was a virus, then the queue to be infected by me would circumnavigate the world ! Obvious isn't it ?


look here's a flu virus !

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Nice eh ?

Do viruses attack each other ?..is that what an antibiotic does ? ahh..If I recall...antibiotics don't have an effect on viruses do they ?

So, can viruses also catch viruses ?


I don't know....I'd like to know...will ewe tell me ?


Thanks for your kind consideration in this matter !



Neil
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Do Virus's Attack each Other ?
« Reply #1 on: 13/03/2009 14:14:06 »
I don't think so, because a virus works by inserting its genetic information into a cell and the machinery of the cell reproduces the virus like a factory. Another virus cell wouldn't have this machinery in place to be able to replicate.

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« Reply #2 on: 13/03/2009 15:05:00 »
Viruses can affect one another: they can sort of breed (mix their genetic codes) if a host is simultaneously infected by two different types of virus ...

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Evolution of the Influenza A Virus: Some New Advances
Raul Rabadan and Harlan Robins
Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Dr., Princeton, NJ 08540, U.S.A.
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington 98109, U.S.A.
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