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Found Defective virus 1 time.

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1. Defective virus (incomplete virus)
A virus which is unable to reproduce by itself because it is missing some important gene s and is unable to make the necessary protein s. Such a virus can only spread if another virus, which has working copies of the genes and can supply the missing proteins, also infects the same host cell .