Phenotype mixing

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Phenotype mixing is a form of interaction between two viruses each of which holds its own unique genetic material. The two particles "share" coat proteins, therefore each has a similar assortment of identifying surface proteins, while having different genetic material. In other words; non-genetic interaction in which virus particles released from a cell that is infected with two different viruses have components from both the infecting agents, but with a genome from one of them.[1]


  1. ^ "Viral Genetics". Retrieved 2009-04-06.