Giant Viruses Can Integrate into the Genomes of Their Hosts
Giant Viruses Can Integrate into the Genomes of Their Hosts
Rather than introducing small chunks of DNA as other viruses do, some giant viruses can contribute more than 1 million base pairs to a host’s genome, broadening the ways in which viruses may shape eukaryote evolution.
Giant Viruses Can Integrate into the Genomes of Their Hosts
Giant Viruses Can Integrate into the Genomes of Their Hosts

Rather than introducing small chunks of DNA as other viruses do, some giant viruses can contribute more than 1 million base pairs to a host’s genome, broadening the ways in which viruses may shape eukaryote evolution.

Rather than introducing small chunks of DNA as other viruses do, some giant viruses can contribute more than 1 million base pairs to a host’s genome, broadening the ways in which viruses may shape eukaryote evolution.

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New Giant Virus Group Reported
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
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
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
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
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.
Viruses Reconsidered
Viruses Reconsidered
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
Let There Be Life
Mary Beth Aberlin | Feb 28, 2014
How did Earth become biological?
Contributors
Contributors
Abby Olena | Feb 28, 2014
Meet some of the people featured in the March 2014 issue of The Scientist.
New Giant Viruses Break Records
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.