Virus Fusing or Mutating Together
Date: Spring 2013
Would it be possible for certain viruses to mutate or fuse together?
Thanks for the question. Yes, it is possible for viruses to mutate. In fact, mutations in HIV are the reason why it is so hard to develop anti-viral agents to fight HIV infections. Yes, viruses can "fuse" together. In this process, a bacteria becomes infected with two different viruses and new virions (virus particles) are produced. A small percentage of these virions have genetic material from both of the original viruses. In fact, this "fusion" is used in the study of bacterial genetics.
I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have more questions.
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