dsDNA-RT virus

DsDNA-RT virus
Electron micrograph of Cauliflower mosaic virus virions
Virus classification
Group: Group VII (dsDNA-RT)

dsDNA-RT viruses are the seventh group in the Baltimore virus classification. They are not considered DNA viruses (class I of Baltimore classification), but rather reverse transcribing viruses because they replicate through an RNA intermediate. It includes the families Hepadnaviridae and Caulimoviridae.

The term "pararetrovirus" is also used for this group.[1] The term was introduced in 1985.[2]


  1. Khan, Jawaid A.; Dijkstra, Jeanne (2002). Plant viruses as molecular pathogens. Psychology Press. pp. 317–. ISBN 978-1-56022-895-0. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
  2. Temin HM (November 1985). "Reverse transcription in the eukaryotic genome: retroviruses, pararetroviruses, retrotransposons, and retrotranscripts". Mol. Biol. Evol. 2 (6): 455–68. PMID 2835576.
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