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Siberian Permafrost Reveals Ancient Giant Virus, Remains Infectious
2014-03-04 08:20:09

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Giant viruses may seem like the latest creation in a Hollywood B movie production, but the recent discovery of a larger-than-life virus buried in ice is definitely no science-fiction tale. A husband-and-wife team from Aix-Marseille University in France have discovered a monster virus that has been buried in Siberia’s permafrost for the past 30,000 years. Jean-Michel Claverie and Chantal Abergel, who led the discovery, have...

Largest Virus Ever Discovered
2013-07-19 11:40:30

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Once thought to be tiny and containing only a handful of genes, viruses have been redefined over the past decade by the discoveries of specimens the size of bacteria that contain 1,000 genes or more. According to a newly published report in the journal Science, French researchers have discovered a virus 1,000 times larger than the flu virus and which has almost 2,600 genes - the biggest virus known to date....

2012-09-13 13:32:52

A new study of giant viruses supports the idea that viruses are ancient living organisms and not inanimate molecular remnants run amok, as some scientists have argued. The study reshapes the universal family tree, adding a fourth major branch to the three that most scientists agree represent the fundamental domains of life. The new findings appear in the journal BMC Evolutionary Biology. The researchers used a relatively new method to peer into the distant past. Rather than comparing...