A question goes:

The DNA of the adenovirus carries genes. Suggest what these genes code for.

It's clear that they code for several specific protein components in the virus like the capsomeres, their spikes etc. Since DNA synthesis still takes place using the initial DNA to reproduce more viruses, can 'new viral DNA' be an answer as well? If I am wrong please do let me know which part of the concept I have misunderstood.

  • $\begingroup$ **Can a 'new viral DNA' be an answer as well? ** an answer to what? your question is not clear. $\endgroup$ – alec_djinn Dec 1 '17 at 14:06
  • $\begingroup$ Synthesis of virus compontents @ Wikipedia. If you accept this definition of what 'code' means, then DNA (or RNA) can only code for proteins. $\endgroup$ – vkehayas Dec 1 '17 at 15:08
  • $\begingroup$ "A question"? How coy! You presumably mean an assigment you have been given. And you want us to tell you whether your instructor will accept one particularly stretched interpretation of his question. Well, nobody can tell you that. We may have an opinion, but this site is for questions about biology, not to provide people with subjective views with which they can argue with their teachers. You can answer this question yourself if you think about what a gene is. But I've voted to close it as off-topic. $\endgroup$ – David Dec 1 '17 at 17:16
  • $\begingroup$ Iam sorry one can think so negatively about another stranger without info. I am a private self study student with no teachers. This is a question in an IAL A2 Paper. Anyway thank you, i referred genetics more and clarified sections i was confused about. $\endgroup$ – user177104 Dec 2 '17 at 4:35

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