Can bacteria play the part of being a host to a virus?

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Can bacteria be a host and interact with a virus?
Maybe form some sort of bactrus or virteria (word play)
« Last Edit: 15/10/2010 06:21:19 by maffsolo »

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Can bacteria play the part of being a host to a virus?
« Reply #1 on: 15/10/2010 16:37:43 »
Viruses specialized to infect bacteria are called bacteriophages. They have been studied extensively and are used as a tool for molecular genetics research. When we catch a virus, the infection actually takes place in our cells, and the effect on individual bacteria and our infected cells is similar. Steve