baculovirus(redirected from baculoviruses)
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A virus that infects insect cells; used extensively in expression systems for recombinant proteins that require eukaryotic processing systems.
[L. baculum, rod, + virus]
baculovirus(băk″ū-lō-vī′rŭs) [L. baculum, staff, walking stick + ″]
A double-stranded DNA virus that infects insects. It has been used experimentally in recombinant DNA technology, e.g., in manufacturing vaccines.
group of rod-shaped, double-stranded, DNA viruses which infect and kill a large number of different invertebrate species especially insects, including Lepidoptera, Hymenoptera, Diptera, Neuroplera, Trichoptera, Coleoptera and Homoptera, and also prawns; used as biocontrol agents, sometimes following genetic engineering of the virus.