As with all retroviruses, it reverse transcribes its RNA genome into cDNA before integration into the host DNA.
RSV has four genes:
The RSV genome has terminal repeats enabling its integration into the host genome and also over expression of RSV genes.
The src gene was taken up by RSV and incorporated into its genome conferring it with the advantage of being able to stimulate uncontrolled mitosis of host cells, providing abundant cells for fresh infection.
The src gene is not essential for RSV proliferation but it greatly increases virulence when present.
New rous sarcoma virus data have been reported by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, Department of Biology.
Sep 18, 2010; Fresh data on rous sarcoma virus are presented in the report 'Structural features in the Rous sarcoma virus RNA stability element...
Recent findings in rous sarcoma virus described by researchers from Purdue University, Purdue Cancer Center.(Report)
May 31, 2010; New research, 'NMR relaxation studies of an RNA-binding segment of the rous sarcoma virus gag polyprotein in free and bound...