HOW DO VIRUSES RECOGNIZE A TARGET CELL?
This activity exhibits how viruses bind to, and infect specific cells using two methods: a demonstration and paper cut-out models.
Cell membranes contain protein receptors; virus structure; when a virus binds to a host cell, it injects its DNA or RNA into the host cell; gene therapy involves adding a normally functioning gene to cells to replace the function of a "faulty" gene.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Class Time: 5 minutes (demonstration); 10 minutes(activity)
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