The Life Cycle of a Virus Flashcards

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What do viruses require to reproduce?

Viruses require host cells to reproduce.

What are the two lifecycle pathways of viruses?

The lytic pathway and the lysogenic pathway.

Describe the lytic pathway.

In the lytic pathway, the virus takes control of the host cell, reproduces inside, and then bursts out, killing the host cell.

Describe the lysogenic pathway.

In the lysogenic pathway, the virus incorporates its DNA into the host cell’s DNA, allowing it to replicate without killing the host cell.

What happens during the lysis process in the lytic pathway?

The virus causes the host cell to burst, releasing new virus particles and killing the cell.

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