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Viral Reproduction

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Bacteriophage viruses were added to a petri dish containing sterile agar growth medium. After a week, the dish was sampled and the number of viruses present was compared.

Which of the following results would be expected?

A

The virus population should be in exponential growth since there is ample food and no competition.

B

After a week, the viruses should be reaching carrying capacity, and the population will be stabilizing.

C

After a week, the viruses should have already exhausted most of the resources in the closed petri dish, and the population will be on the decline.

D

No new viruses will be present without the presence of host bacteria.