Replication of DNA Viruses


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Which of the following statements about DNA viruses that affect humans is FALSE?

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1. Why is smallpox a notable exception to the general replication scheme of DNA viruses?

2. The process whereby DNA is converted into mRNA is known as:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Looking at the most common ways viruses spread into the world, this quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of the way in which DNA viruses replicate. The characteristics of DNA viruses that affect humans and the difference between smallpox and the replication of other viruses are the subjects of some quiz questions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Characteristics of DNA viruses
  • How smallpox differs in its replication
  • Process by which DNA is converted to mRNA
  • The importance of ribosomes
  • Functions of a polymerase

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding how smallpox differs in its replication and interpret it correctly
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as smallpox replication and other virus replication
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about the functions of a polymerase

Additional Learning

To learn more about how these pathogens get around, review the corresponding lesson titled Replication of DNA Viruses. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand basic DNA replication strategies
  • Explain why some viruses don't follow the prescribed scheme for replication
  • Identify how viruses enter and begin integration of their internal code
  • Describe how a virus uses a host cell's polymerase in transcription
  • Know what combines with a host cell's ribosomes to form new viruses