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What is an RNA virus and how does it work?


I understand what DNA viruses do:

1. Inject DNA into host cell
2. Cell creates multiple copies of virus
3. Cell bursts open and virus spreads

What about RNA? Any difference?
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Exactly same thing just uses RNA as a template instead of DNA  (+ info)

Could all these staph Infections be a Terrorist Attact using a Virus?


I mean how hard would it be to put that Virus in clothes and other goods that are being sent over to this Country. I don't know it just seems like in the past couple years that Staph Infection have taken over and that's scary. Where is this coming from? I mean I wonder if our Government, which I am sure they have asked this question to, wonder what is going on? What do you think? Thanks.
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I think it is less of a conspiracy theory, more of a scientific explanation...

Like many healthy people, you probably have some Staphylococcus aureus bacteria — usually simply called staph — on your skin or in your nose or throat. Most of the time, the bacteria cause no problems or relatively minor skin infections. But staph infections can turn deadly if the bacteria burrow deeper into your body, invading your bloodstream, urinary tract, lungs and heart.

In the past, most lethal staph infections occurred in people who were hospitalized or had a chronic illness or weakened immune system. Now, a growing number of otherwise healthy people, many of whom have never been in a hospital, also are developing life-threatening staph infections.

A greater problem is that many staph infections no longer respond to common antibiotics. Though most staph infections can still be successfully treated, it may only be a matter of time before the bacteria become resistant to all currently available medications.  (+ info)

people infected with HIV the virus that causes the disease aids can become unable to fight off infections by o?


people infected with HIV the virus that causes the disease aids can become unable to fight off infections by organism that normally do not harm people why is it so?
anyone know??
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus to Acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Basically you cannot fight virus' any longer, so even a cold can kill you.  (+ info)

Why do people who are treated with antibiotics for virus infections seem to get well sooner?


Doctors say that antibiotics can not help people who have viral infections. But I have noticed that people with these infections, children and adults get instantly better (within 24 hours) when given antibiotics. I realize that these people could have both bacterial and viral infections. But if so, the antibiotics knock out the bacteria leaving the viruses to continue to do their thing against the body. I also realize that viruses don't care what they attack, they attack both bacteria and humans! So, ... what's going on?
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placebo effect  (+ info)

people infected with hiv the virus that causes the disease aids can becoke unable to fight off infections by o?


people infected with HIV the virus that causes the disease aids can become unable to fight off infections by organism that normally do not harm people why is it so?
anyone know??
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Because HIV and Aids attack the immune system. So basically there will be no barrier between the body and any germs or bacteria.  (+ info)

What do you call a virus that only has RNA?


I need to know for my Biology class.
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Retrovirus  (+ info)

Can an RNA virus be genetically modified?


I am doing a project based on the book The Cobra Event, and part of it is creating my own disease that is somewhat scientifically credible.
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I'd have to say yes its possible. The idea of engineering viruses for biological weapons has been around at least since the cold war. It was rumoured that the Russian scientists managed to create a hybrid of Ebola (RNA) and Smallpox (a DNA virus), two viruses that are terrifyingly lethal on their own.
http://hackvan.com/pub/stig/articles/bioweapons.htm

More recently, scientists have managed to recreate the notorious 1918 pandemic influenza strain and identify the genes that made it so deadly.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/10/051005230557.htm

It is now almost possible to build a virus from scratch, as scientists have shown with polio, which is relatively simple compared to most viruses but the principle is mostly the same.
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn2539-scientists-build-polio-virus-from-scratch.html

Have a look at those articles, see if they give you any ideas.  (+ info)

HIV Virus Infections Attracted To Any Specific Locus?


I am wondering if a vaccine for HIV could be practical if the scientists only had to worry about just certain parts of the genome/DNA.
Are infectious viruses attracted to certain locations (loci?) of the genome.
If that was the case then perhaps just a small part of the DNA could be inhibited by drugs.
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*buzzer* wrong!

The HIV "nucleic" acid is predatory in nature and attaches wherever it wants.

Besides if we could inhibit DNA that effectively we could have healed a lot more then HIV.

The real deal is in membrane p[roteins that HIV uses. HIV immune people lack these proteins and cannot get sick even with HIV in their system.  (+ info)

URGENT! Also in my Virus Vault on AVG there are Warnings and Infections?


Even though some are warning and some are infections does this mean that they are still harming my computer. They are trajans too!! so can they still harm or shall they not bother if they are in the VIRUS VAULT?
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Lol this is in infectious diseases when it needs to be under the computer section.  (+ info)

HIV is an RNA virus that can replicate in human T cells. Diagnosis of HIV infection is done by detection?


A viral RNA in blood
B viral proteins in blood
C virus specific antibodies in blood
D viral particles in blood
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