Question: What is the difference between DNA virus and RNA virus?

DNA viruses are mostly double-stranded while RNA viruses are single-stranded. RNA mutation rate is higher than the DNA mutation rate. DNA replication takes place in the nucleus while RNA replication takes place in the cytoplasm. DNA viruses are stable while RNA viruses are unstable.

Are RNA viruses worse than DNA viruses?

In the age of modern biology, RNA viruses are the most feared because of its ability to kill people rapidly and its ability to evolve very quickly. RNA is chemically unstable in nature and lab. It is therefore more prone to damage and mutations than DNA.

What is an example of a DNA virus?

DNA viruses comprise important pathogens such as herpesviruses, smallpox viruses, adenoviruses, and papillomaviruses, among many others.

What happens if RNA is mutated?

Specific RNA mutations can create proteins with subtle amino acid changes (1), shortened proteins lacking C-terminus or specific internal amino acid motifs following early-stop codon mutation or multi-nucleotide deletion (2) and longer proteins with prominent C-terminal tail (3) following a late-stop codon mutation [2] ...

Do any viruses have DNA?

Most viruses have either RNA or DNA as their genetic material. The nucleic acid may be single- or double-stranded. The entire infectious virus particle, called a virion, consists of the nucleic acid and an outer shell of protein. The simplest viruses contain only enough RNA or DNA to encode four proteins.

Can RNA virus be cured?

Currently, no vaccine or specific treatment is available for many of these viruses and some of the available vaccines and treatments are not highly effective.

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