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The cell a virus lives on or in is called?

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Answered 2010-02-24 01:43:12

A virus will replicate within a host cell.

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The cell on which a virus lives is the host cell.


Yes, a virus actually invades an animal cell and lives inside the cell.


A cell invaded by a virus is known as the 'host cell', as it 'hosted' the virus with shelter and food.


The virus must attach to proteins on the surface of the cell that match the virus. These are called "docking" proteins.


virus can't live outside host cell


This is the host (organism) and the cell is called the host cell.


No, and FYI, a virus isn't living either,and a cell attacted by a virus is called a host cell,


A virus is not alive so it is unable to reproduce on its own. It must have a living cell to "hijack" and "live in" so it can take over the cell and turn it into a virus making factory. The cell provides the "raw materials" and the energy to make the replicants. In biology, a host is the animal or plant on which or in which another organism lives. The animal or plant that gets hijacked in this way by a virus is, therefore, called the host. That term is also used to describe those who receive guests in their home or hotel, etc. The biological use of the word host may have some relationship to that particular meaning of the word.


It is called a host cell. The virus attaches to the cell and injects its DNA into the cell. The virus's DNA overruns the "instructions" that the cell has and "tells" the cell to make copies of the virus using the DNA. Then the cell makes so many copies of the virus, that it explodes. The new viruses then go on to attach to other cells.



A virus that enters the cell and become inactive for a while is said to be lysogenic.


No where. A virus is not a cell.


A virus which invades a cell can be said to be virulent. One that causes the host cell to immediately produce virus' particles and lose it's ability to live is said to be a lytic virus. A virus that remains "silent" for awhile is called a lysogenic virus.



A virus can conduct genetic engineering by using it to insert a gene into a cell. The virus containing the gene is called a vector. By changing the cell, you can introduce to other cells.


A very simple answer is lysogenic virus. it could still kill the cell eventually if it becomes lytic.


What a cell and a virus have in common is the RNA or DNA. The virus can be either a RNA virus or a DNA virus.


The virus kills its' host breaks the cell membrane. This is called cell lysis. Other viruses do not kill their host but divide when the host divides. This cycle is called the lysogenic cycle.


The virus sticks to the cell and injects it's d n a into the cell and the virus multiplies


a virus can ony reproduce inside a living cell that surves as a host. A Host is living thing that a virus or parasite lives on or in . Using a host's cell as a tiny factory , the virus forces the host to make viruses rather than healthy new cells.


This is called a host cell. In the beginning, a virus will attach itself to the host cell and release its genetic material into it. This genetic material interferes with the host cell's enzymes which cause them to form parts in which will create a new virus.


it is called non living when it is present outside the host living cell and it is called living when it is present in the living cell


A virus is not similar to a cell, although it requires a host cell to reproduce. The only thing in common that a virus has to a cell is it has DNA.


a virus has no metabolism.a virus cannot reproduce independently, it must infect a cell.a virus is much smaller than a cell.


Host cell it is a cell that virus use to reproduce themself.



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