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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
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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