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Baculoviridae

Pronunciation: bak′yū-lō-vir′i-dē

Definition: A family of viruses that multiply only in arthropods; its rod-shaped virions measure 30–35 nm by 250–400 nm; genomes are of double stranded, supercoiled DNA (90–160 kb). Baculovirus-derived vectors are frequently used to express foreign genes in insect cells.

[L. baculum, rod]

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