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Genera in the Family
All Known Sequences
Satellite nucleic acids consist of those satellites that do not encode their own coat protein (unlike satellite viruses) but are encapsidated in that of the helper virus. Particles containing satellite nucleic acid are therefore antigenically identical to those of the helper virus but can sometimes be distinguished by physical features such as sedimentation rates.
All known single stranded satellite DNAs are associated with plant viruses. Satellites are not formally classified into families, genera and species but most clearly group as either alphasatellites or betasatellites. This page provides links to a few other begomovirus-associated satellite DNAs.