Illustration representing the multi-step process of a simplified virus reproduction cycle. The virus, an obligate intracellular parasite, uses its host cell’s equipment to reproduce its DNA and capsid protein coating.
- Viral DNA uses the host’s nucleotides and enzymes to replicate.
- Viral DNA undergoes transcription of RNA, and translation into capsid proteins, using host resources.
- New viral DNA and capsid proteins self-assemble, and exit the host cell.
vector artwork, Adobe Illustrator