Biology as Poetry: Virology

Bacteriophage Ecology Group

Temperate (virology)

Capable of displaying lysogenic cycle or equivalent.

Temperate bacteriophages, in particular, are able into long-term associations with their bacterial hosts during which – and this is key to the concept of being temperate – no virus particles are produced. Also important to appreciate is that temperate viruses are still viruses so must still be capable of displaying virion-productive infections.

See too temperate phage.

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