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2013-05-23 13:10:00

Radically different viruses share genes and are likely to share ancestry, according to research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Virology Journal this week. The comprehensive phylogenomic analysis compares giant viruses that infect amoeba with tiny viruses known as virophages and to several groups of transposable elements. The complex network of evolutionary relationships the authors describe suggests that viruses evolved from non-viral mobile genetic elements and vice versa,...

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2009-12-10 06:15:00

French scientists have identified a giant new virus dwelling inside an amoeba, and that it contains genetic material from other species. The so-called Marseillevirus is "a completely new viral form," said Didier Raoult, head of infectious and emerging tropical disease research at Aix-Marseille 2 University in France, during an interview with the AFP news agency. The genome of the 250 nanometer-diameter Marseillevirus includes a sophisticated set of genes that are "very different from the DNA...


Word of the Day
glogg
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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