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DNA Conversion from RNA

Once the capsid, p24, and p17 have been stripped away, an enzyme complex known as reverse transcriptase is released. It is utilized to synthesize DNA using the HIV-RNA molecule as a template. Before the gene can be expressed, it is necessary for RNA to be converted to DNA.