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Vincent Racaniello

The original scheme proposed by Baltimore in the 1970s had only six genomes - the gapped, dsDNA genome of hepadnaviruses had not yet been discovered. So if you had asked this question then, the answer would have been that there are no dsDNA genomes with reverse transcription in their life cycle. Today we can suggest that an eighth class, ssDNA genomes with a reverse transcription step, have not yet been discovered. There could also be a ninth class - ambisense RNA genomes (which indeed exist). There could also be ssRNA(-) sense viruses with a reverse transcriptase, and dsRNA viruses with a reverse transcriptase - for 11 genome classes.


Wow! It look like you know something about viruses!!

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