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  •  Ok, I'm suspicious.... (3+ / 0-)
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    juliesie, Roadbed Guy, Jodster

    ....or maybe I'm just missing something.  The article mentions HIV among others.... as well as rhinovirus and rotavirus.  The problem is.... none of those are double stranded.  They're all single stranded RNA viruses.  

    •  They produce double-stranded (3+ / 0-)
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      Corwin Weber, Occulus, Jodster

      intermediates during replication, for example. If you're a positive strand RNA virus, you use the + strand as a template to make negative strands, which in turn serve as templates for the + strands you package into new viral particles.

      •  Ah. Gotcha. (0+ / 0-)

        Thanks.  I was poking around and kept seeing that these were single strand.  So apparently the treatment 'kills' the virus during the double stranded phase.

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