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In VIROLOGY , TEMPERATE refers to the ability of some bacteriophages (notably coliphage λ ) to display a lysogenic life cycle . Many (but not all) temperate phages can integrate their genomes into their host bacterium\'s chromosome, together becoming a lysogen as the phage genome becomes a prophage . A temperate phage is also able to undergo a productive, typically lytic life cycle, where the prophage is expressed, replicates the phage genome, and produc