The formation of tobacco mosaic virus in an infected cell
Until recently the rod 280–300 mμ in length and 15 mμ in diameter has been considered an elementary particle of the tobacco mosaic virus (TMV). The composition of the rod is fairly complex. It has a two-component structure consisting of a protein casing and a ribonucleic acid axis. It is quite obvious that the rod-like particle with this complex structure must be formed from units of lesser size and must have its own history of development. However, there have been no morpho?logical investigations undertaken and published, which would reveal the formation process of the TMV particle.
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