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Phage RNA problem

  1. Mar 23, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Consider the genome of an RNA phage where only one strand of RNA is packaged into the phage. How can this phage produce many offspring that all have the same strand of RNA?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
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  3. Mar 26, 2011 #2


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    That's just a word, you are asked for a mechanism.

    How does any other replication happen? What other replication-like processes do you know for RNA? Or DNA?

    I think you are only asked to propose some possibilities, which is slightly easier than finding out what actually happens but prepares the mind for it.
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