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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Didier Raoult | Feb 28, 2014
The discovery of more and more viruses of record-breaking size calls for a reclassification of life on Earth.
Let There Be Life
Mary Beth Aberlin | Feb 28, 2014
How did Earth become biological?
Abby Olena | Feb 28, 2014
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New Giant Viruses Break Records
Jef Akst | Jul 22, 2013
Two newly discovered giant viruses are bigger than many bacteria and carry massive and largely unique genomes that hint at new branches of life.
A Parasite’s Parasites
Ed Yong | Oct 15, 2012
French scientists identify a new giant virus, which carries the genome of a smaller virus and a new breed of mobile DNA.