By Edward K. Wagner, Martinez J. Hewlett, David C. Bloom, David Camerini
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We believe that the subtle manner by which retroviruses utilize cellular transcription and other unique aspects in their mode of replication is best understood by beginning students in the context of a solid background of DNA-mediated gene expression illustrated by DNA viruses. Further, while arguments can be made for covering the lentiviruses (such as HIV) in a separate chapter, it seems more logical to include them with the other retroviruses, to contrast and compare their similarities and differences.
Potential for major social and political disruption of everyday life continues to this day. As discussed in the final chapter of this book, the ''Spanish" influenza of 1918 19 killed millions worldwide and in conjunction with the effects of World War I, came very close to causing a major disruption of world civilization. We do not and may never know what the specific reasons were for the virulence of this disease; surely there is no reason why another could not arise with a similar or more devastating aftermath or sequela.
While the geological record cannot provide evidence of when or how viruses originated, genetics offers some important clues. First, viruses do not encode genes for ribosomal proteins or genetic evidence of relicts of such genes. Second, viruses do not contain genetic evidence of ever having encoded enzymes involved in energy metabolism. This is convincing evidence that the viruses currently investigated did not evolve from free-living organisms. This finding distinctly contrasts with two eukaryotic organelles, the mitochondrion and the chloroplast, known to be derived from free-living organisms.
Basic virology by Edward K. Wagner, Martinez J. Hewlett, David C. Bloom, David Camerini