When I talk about the HIV to beginning biology students it is sometimes easier to say that the reverse transcriptase is unique to HIV. However it is true that I am not presently expressing a human reverse transcriptase.
a) What enzymatic activity does a reverse transcriptase perform?
b) State the name of the human reverse transcriptase?
c) Where on chromosomes does it function?
d) Why is it essential?
e) Why am I hoping I’m not currently expressing it?