FRANCIS LEROY, BIOCOSMOS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY FRANCIS LEROY, BIOCOSMOS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Retrovirus replication. Computer artwork a retrovirus disassembling after infecting a cell. The virus sheds the cell membrane (blue) that it acquired when entering the cell as well as its own envelope (green). The viral nucleocapsid (white) then disintegrates releasing the RNA (ribonucleic acid) genetic material into the host cell's cytoplasm.
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