The page below is a sample from the MediaLab course, HIV: Structure and Replication (retired 2/20/2013)
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- In most cellular biochemistry, DNA is used as the template for the synthesis of RNA.
- In HIV however, RNA is the template for the synthesis of DNA. That is why the enzyme is called reverse transcriptase.
- Because of the enzyme's activity, HIV is known as a retrovirus - retro implying reverse.