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Monir Moniruzzaman Studies the Secrets of Giant Viruses
The University of Miami researcher studies how a mysterious group of supersized viruses infects and influences the evolution of their hosts.
Monir Moniruzzaman Studies the Secrets of Giant Viruses
Monir Moniruzzaman Studies the Secrets of Giant Viruses

The University of Miami researcher studies how a mysterious group of supersized viruses infects and influences the evolution of their hosts.

The University of Miami researcher studies how a mysterious group of supersized viruses infects and influences the evolution of their hosts.

giant virus
green algae, phytoplankton, giant virus, genetics & genomics, endogenization, evolution, diversity, eukaryote
Giant Viruses Can Integrate into the Genomes of Their Hosts
Amanda Heidt | Nov 19, 2020 | 4 min read
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.
New Giant Virus Group Reported
Diana Kwon | Apr 6, 2017 | 4 min read
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 | 3 min read
Virologists challenge the hypothesis that mimiviruses possess a nucleic acid defense mechanism.
Giant Virus Has CRISPR-like Immune Defense
Kerry Grens | Mar 2, 2016 | 2 min read
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 | 1 min read
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 | 2 min read
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.
Contributors
Abby Olena, PhD | Mar 1, 2014 | 3 min read
Meet some of the people featured in the March 2014 issue of The Scientist.
Viruses Reconsidered
Didier Raoult | Mar 1, 2014 | 9 min read
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 | Mar 1, 2014 | 3 min read
How did Earth become biological?
New Giant Viruses Break Records
Jef Akst | Jul 22, 2013 | 2 min read
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 | 3 min read
French scientists identify a new giant virus, which carries the genome of a smaller virus and a new breed of mobile DNA.
Cellular Origins of Giant Viruses?
Cristina Luiggi | Oct 16, 2011 | 1 min read
The largest virus to be sequenced prompts researchers to consider whether giant viruses were once full-fledged living organisms.
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