MadSci Network: Virology

Subject: How do viruses change?

Date: Tue May 5 06:23:11 2009
Posted by Chawnaw
Grade level: grad (non-science) School: No school entered.
City: Lakewood State/Province: New Jersey Country: USA
Area of science: Virology
ID: 1241529791.Vi

I was reading on you site that viruses "mutate" through changing thier genetics 
around.  In other words they use existing genes in a different configuration.  
Is this the technique that all living organisms use to adapt?  Can it be said 
that viruses mutate at only, or do they only adapt?  If not, why not?

Thank you and have a great day!
Chawnaw Hershel Kahn

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