American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of a group of viruses, many of which produce tumors, that contain RNA and reverse transcriptase, including the virus that causes AIDS.
- n. any of a group of viruses that contain two single-strand linear RNA molecules per virion and reverse transcriptase (RNA to DNA); the virus transcribes its RNA into a cDNA provirus that is then incorporated into the host cell
- From retro- (“reverse”, from its reverse direction of replication) + virus. (Wiktionary)
“* The term retrovirus was coined later by virologists.”
“She called me up to organise the search for the putative retrovirus from a patient presenting with an early sign of the disease, lymphodenopathy.”
“XMRV is a so-called retrovirus, which is the same type of virus as the AIDS virus.”
“The study is the first to generate an infectious retrovirus from a mobile element in the human genome.”
“Retrogenes are formed when the mRNA encounters something-often a type of virus called a retrovirus-that turns it back into DNA through a process referred to as reverse transcription.”
“Retrogenes are formed when the mRNA encounters something - often a type of virus called a retrovirus - that turns it back into DNA through a process referred to as reverse transcription.”
“The retrovirus was a "consequence of their manufacture using human cell lines.”
“A retrovirus is a virus which, to use very inexact lay terminology, relies upon its host to complete its reproductive needs, that is, its DNA is transcribed using the host DNA.”
“HIV has been classified as a retrovirus, and the only scientifically acceptable method of isolating and identifying retroviruses has never been successfully used in the study of HIV.”
“The researchers have recently found that human retrovirus, which is a common virus that does not cause disease, targets and kills cancer stem cells in breast cancer tissue.”
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