In general, is the genetic material in a virus inside or outside the protein parts?

1 Answer
May 20, 2017

They are inside the protein parts.


A simple virus contains two things: a protein capsid and genetic material. The proteins capsid forms a shell around the genetic material to protect the DNA/RNA, so the genetic material would be found inside of the protein shell.

When a virus infects a cell, the protein capsid opens up to release the genetic material.