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Viral question

  1. Jul 28, 2005 #1
    i.........I'd like to know if all of the attacks made by any kinds of virus are the same all the time. My answer although i am still not really sure is NO, IT ISN'T, therefore,

    ii........the mutation rate of different virus is always different, but where can i find or how to know of how fast it really is in actuality ? Any statistics out there you know about can broaden my mind a bit more on this topic that I am really interested in.

    Thanks in advance
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  3. Jul 28, 2005 #2


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    Mutation rate can be correlated with the type of viruses. RNA viruses have the highest rate of mutation (average of 10^-3 to 10^-4) and DNA viruses tend to have a lower mutation rate (closer to their host so on average 10^-5 to 10^-9)
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