By Nana Dadzie Ghansah

Note: this a really basic discussion of a very complex and ever-evolving topic.

From Duffy S (2018) Why are RNA virus mutation rates so damn high? PLoS Biol 16(8): e3000003. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3000003

he genetic information that codes for traits in all living organisms are found in DNA or RNA or a combination of the two. Even viruses, not really seen as living organisms, have genetic material. They either code them in RNA (RNA viruses) eg. Influenza or DNA (DNA viruses) eg. Herpes.