The TWiVers present mitoviruses, which infect mitochondria, and how quasi-enveloped hepatitis A virus gets naked again.
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A listener of the science podcast This Week in Virology asked in 2010 whether there are viruses that infect mitochondria:
Is there a virus that infects mitochondria? Itâ€™s an organelle that has its own genetic material and polymerase, so it could replicate a virus. Does the mitochondrial double membrane and the cell membrane impose a barrier that phages cannot transpose?
At the time I did not know that there were viruses that infect mitochondria, but they had been discovered years earlier. They are called, appropriately, mitoviruses.