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virus DNA incorporates into human DNA

Sep 12, 2002

Is that possible that the virus generated inside the infected cell will attach the same infected human DNA again before the virus comes out of the infected cell? If this is the case, the infected cell's DNA can acutually have many virus'DNA fragment being incorporated. Therefore, the virus RNA is produced so fast because one infected human DNA can have many HIV DNA fragments instead of one. Make sense? Thank you

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Thanks for your question.

It is probably the case that a single human cell might be infected with several copies of HIV. It is true that a single infected cell will produce many (up to several hundred) viral progeny with each replicative cycle-- so indeed, one infected cell makes a ton of virus. -BY

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