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.

microbiology
<em>The Scientist</em> Speaks Podcast - Episode 11
The Scientist Speaks Podcast - Episode 11
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Nov 18, 2020
A Path Back to Health: Immune Tolerance to Infectious Disease
Black in X Addresses Long-Standing Inequity in STEM
Black in X Addresses Long-Standing Inequity in STEM
Lisa Winter | Nov 16, 2020
In a year of racial tumult, Black scientists are uniting for visibility and action. 
Alcohol, Bowel Movements May Confound Microbiology Studies
Alcohol, Bowel Movements May Confound Microbiology Studies
Max Kozlov | Nov 6, 2020
A review offers a glimpse of previously unconsidered variables that could hinder efforts to identify true correlations between disease and gut microbiome composition.
Denmark to Cull 17 Million Mink Amid SARS-CoV-2 Mutation Concerns
Denmark to Cull 17 Million Mink Amid SARS-CoV-2 Mutation Concerns
Lisa Winter | Nov 5, 2020
Government authorities say because the animals are good hosts of the novel coronavirus, and this new viral variant could undermine vaccine efforts against COVID-19, they are destroying the nation's entire stock of mink.
Scientists Probe Blockers for the Coronavirus Spike Protein
Scientists Probe Blockers for the Coronavirus Spike Protein
Anthony King | Nov 5, 2020
SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, taps into human proteases such as furin to enter cells. Temporarily inhibiting those enzymes might stymie infection.
Microbes Find Their Niche in Underwater Shipwrecks
Microbes Find Their Niche in Underwater Shipwrecks
Jef Akst | Nov 1, 2020
Early investigations of the microbial communities in and around sunken boats reveal that there are patterns to where bacteria settle.
Alterations in Immune Genes Make Bats Great Viral Hosts
Alterations in Immune Genes Make Bats Great Viral Hosts
Abby Olena | Oct 27, 2020
Bat species use different strategies to dampen immune activation in response to viruses.
Baby Bottles Can Shed Millions of Microplastic Particles: Study
Baby Bottles Can Shed Millions of Microplastic Particles: Study
Max Kozlov | Oct 19, 2020
The project did not assess any implications for children’s health, but the authors recommend changing up how parents use baby bottles to reduce the amount of plastic in formula or breastmilk.
Wheat Blast Arrives in Zambia, First Time in Africa
Wheat Blast Arrives in Zambia, First Time in Africa
Munyaradzi Makoni | Oct 19, 2020
Experts fear the fungal pathogen will spread to other African countries, threatening wheat production.