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Image of the Day: Giant Virus
Staff, The Scientist Staff | Feb 28, 2018
The Tupanvirus is named for the South American Guarani God of Thunder.
Researchers Cast Doubt on CRISPR-Like System in Giant Viruses
Tanya Lewis | Jul 7, 2016
Virologists challenge the hypothesis that mimiviruses possess a nucleic acid defense mechanism.
New Giant Virus Group Reported
Diana Kwon | Apr 6, 2017
A genomic analysis of “Klosneuviruses” suggests that they evolved from small viruses that accumulated genetic material over time, but not all virologists are convinced.
Giant Virus Has CRISPR-like Immune Defense
Kerry Grens | Mar 2, 2016
The genome of a mimivirus strain resistant to a virophage has repeated phage sequences alongside nuclease- and helicase-coding sections.
Week in Review: April 3–7
Tracy Vence | Apr 7, 2017
Virus triggers gluten intolerance in mice; UK bank offers clinic-ready hESC lines; researchers debate giant virus origins; cephalopods edit RNA; scientists screen noncoding genome with CRISPR
Week in Review: February 29–March 4
Tracy Vence | Mar 4, 2016
Endogenous retroviruses and human immunity; weighing the evidence that talc can cause ovarian cancer; stress and metastasis; risks and benefits of “vaginal seeding”
Another Ancient Giant Virus Discovered
Tracy Vence | Sep 14, 2015
From the same Siberian permafrost where three others were previously discovered, scientists find a fourth type of giant virus.
Didier Raoult | Mar 1, 2014
The discovery of more and more viruses of record-breaking size calls for a reclassification of life on Earth.
Ancient Giant Virus Discovered
Jef Akst | Mar 4, 2014
A new species of giant virus discovered in the Siberian permafrost, where it’s been buried for 30,000 years, is reincarnated in the lab.
Molly Sharlach | Oct 14, 2014
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
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