Retroviridaemedical dictionary

<virology> Viruses with a single stranded RNA genome (Class VI). On infecting a cell the virus generates a DNA replica by action of its virally coded reverse transcriptase. Oncovirinae are one of three subclasses of retroviruses, the others being Lentivirinae and Spumavirinae.

See: retroviral vector.

This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology

(11 Mar 2008)