In the lytic cycle, a virus take over a host cells synthetic machinery so that it can replicate itself. The host then bursts, or lyses, and the new multiple viruses are released.
Two Stages: Early and Late.
- The bacteriophage binds to the host so that the phage DNA can inter the host cell. The virus has enzymes that digest the hosts DNA, retaining its nucleotides so that it can synthesize. The phage DNA now forms and replicates with the nucleotides from the host's DNA.
- The host cell transcribes the phage DNA and translates it into phage RNA, producing phage proteins. The phage-encoded enzyme lyses the cell and the new phage is released to do the cycle again.