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Cellular and Molecular Biology

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Viruses and Conserved Regions

CELLS-VNTN9M

Drug resistance in pathogens is a growing medical problem. This can be an especially difficult problem with viruses. Viruses often have very high error rates​ in their replication and a very fast reproduction rate that leads to mutations that could potentially provide resistance.

One response to this problem is to create drugs that target highly conserved pathogen processes or enzyme functional domains.

What are good explanations for this?

Select ALL that apply.

A

The conserved portions of viral processes and enzyme domains are more crucial compared to less conserved ones.

B

The conserved portions of viral processes and enzyme domains are more numerous and redundant.

C

The conserved portions of viral processes and enzyme domains tend to have lower rates of viable mutations.