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Computer Virus Analogy

Prof. Pasquale Urbano micro at cesit1.unifi.it
Thu Jan 4 21:36:04 EST 1996

Peter Leaback wrote:

> I was wondering if there is an analogy in the biological world. When a
> virus infects a cell, I would have thought it would be counter productive
> for a second infection.

Apart from lytic cycles, a stable relationship is mantained by temperate  phages in 
their bacterial hosts; these are immune to superinfection by the same virus, 
because some of the integrated provirus genes are expressed to make a repressor 
of replication.

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