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2013-07-15 02:55:32
2013-07-15 02:55:32

a virus is able to replicate itself bu taking over the metabolic activities of the cell it infects essentially saying stop what you are suppose to do and make copies of me. so the virus actually doesn't replicate itself but rather the cell in which it infects does it for it. this occurs during the lytic phase of the virus. sometimes the virus "hides" by incorporating itself within the dna of the cell it infects(causing certain cancers) until it is releases itself and says make me. this dormant phase is called lysogenic.

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