genomic RNA

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The genetic material of all viruses that do not use DNA as genetic material. All cells and the vast majority of viruses use DNA as genetic material, but some bacteriophages and a few plant and animal viruses use RNA as genetic material. Examples include tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) and all retroviruses such as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) responsible for AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).

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