retrovirus

(REH-troh-VY-rus)

A type of virus that has RNA instead of DNA as its genetic material. It uses an enzyme called reverse transcriptase to become part of the host cells’ DNA. This allows many copies of the virus to be made in the host cells. The virus that causes AIDS, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), is a type of retrovirus.

Pronunciation of dictionary term "retrovirus"

Pronunciation of dictionary term "retrovirus"

Tipo de virus que contiene ARN en lugar de ADN como material genético. Usa una enzima llamada transcriptasa inversa para convertirse en parte del ADN de las células anfitrionas. Esto permite que se hagan muchas copias del virus en las células anfitrionas. El virus que causa el SIDA, virus de la inmunodeficiencia humana (VIH), es un tipo de retrovirus.