TWiV 552: Delta and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat

June 16, 2019

Team TWiV reveals DNA polymerases that do not require a primer, and packaging of hepatitis delta virus by the envelope glycoproteins of diverse viruses.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Brianne Barker

Guest: Kiki Warren

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One comment on “TWiV 552: Delta and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat

  1. Rich Bradley Jun 19, 2019

    Many thanks for another thought provoking episode.
    The discussion on Hep D reminded me of the distinction between viroids and virusoids. I think(!) that Hep D is similar to a virusoid as it is encapsulated by a helper virus, and viroids are not (coming back to the plasmid discussion in an earlier TWIV), but would appreciate your thoughts, and also whether these are recognised terms. (I also remember trying to clarify the difference in a virology textbook and could not find these terms referred to, so it may be worth covering these in the next edition of Principles of Virology if this is not already covered). Thanks again.