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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 double stranded satellite RNAs are associated with mycoviruses and can greatly affect the virulence of the helper virus infection.