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A genus of retroviruses with a lengthy incubation time, in particular HIV. Commonly used as DNA transduction agents in animal cells.

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Since RNA viruses and retroviruses all have high mutation rates, why do only a few viruses have the virtue of variability?

We have been taught that it's difficult to make vaccines to influenza, HIV and HCV because they lack the proofreading mechanism, hence have high mutation rates. But most RNA viruses and retroviruses ...