a research sailboat with white sails inscribed with "tara ocean" traverses a body of water with small, rocky islands in the background
Q&A: Thousands of RNA Viruses Newly Discovered in Ocean Water
The Scientist spoke with Ohio State University microbiologist Matthew Sullivan about a recent expedition that identified thousands of RNA viruses from water samples and cataloged them into novel phylogenic groups.
ABOVE: © SACHA BOLLET FONDATION / TARA OCEAN
Q&A: Thousands of RNA Viruses Newly Discovered in Ocean Water
Q&A: Thousands of RNA Viruses Newly Discovered in Ocean Water

The Scientist spoke with Ohio State University microbiologist Matthew Sullivan about a recent expedition that identified thousands of RNA viruses from water samples and cataloged them into novel phylogenic groups.

The Scientist spoke with Ohio State University microbiologist Matthew Sullivan about a recent expedition that identified thousands of RNA viruses from water samples and cataloged them into novel phylogenic groups.

ABOVE: © SACHA BOLLET FONDATION / TARA OCEAN

virome

Illustration of gray bacteriophages approaching and infecting a red and orange bacteria that has multiple fimbria protruding from it.
Bacteria-Infecting Viruses in Gut Microbiome Linked to Cognition
Dan Robitzski | Feb 16, 2022
Research in mice and flies suggests that bacteriophages, including those found in dairy foods, may have an influence on an animals’ ability to learn and remember information.
Are Phages Overlooked Mediators of Health and Disease?
Catherine Offord | Feb 1, 2021
Bacteria-infecting viruses affect the composition and behavior of microbes in the mammalian gut—and perhaps influence human biology.
Infographic: Trans-kingdom Interactions in the Gut
Catherine Offord | Feb 1, 2021
Phages interact with bacteria and eukaryotic cells in ways that researchers suspect influence mammalian health.
Human Gut Virome Is Stable and Person-Specific
Abby Olena | Oct 10, 2019
Most of the viruses present in people’s guts are bacteriophages, but how they interact with resident bacteria is still an open question.
Bacteriophages Plentiful in Women’s Bladders
Abby Olena | Feb 2, 2018
In one of the first looks at the urinary virome, researchers find hundreds of viruses, most of which have never been sequenced before. 
Opinion: The Virome and the Anti-vaccination Debate
Stephan Guttinger | Jun 6, 2017
Advances in microbiome research are increasingly used in anti-vaccination arguments, yet the science actually undermines the premise of the argument.
Phages Carry Antibiotic Resistance Genes
Abby Olena | Dec 7, 2016
Researchers find evidence of antibiotic resistance genes in the DNA of viruses that infect bacteria.
Viruses of the Human Body
Eric Delwart | Nov 1, 2016
Some of our resident viruses may be beneficial.
The Human Virome
Eric Delwart | Oct 31, 2016
Diverse viruses can be found commingling with human and bacteria cells in and on people’s bodies. Scientists are just beginning to understand how these viruses help and when they can turn pathogenic.
A Lifetime of Viruses
Amanda B. Keener | Jun 4, 2015
Scientists devise an antibody-based test that can generate a person’s complete “viral history” with just one drop of blood.
Viral Virtuosos
Christopher S. Sullivan | Feb 1, 2015
New understanding of noncoding RNAs may solve a long-standing puzzle about how viruses orchestrate lifelong infections.
 
Virus Protects Mouse Gut
Tracy Vence | Nov 19, 2014
A murine norovirus appears to recover some of the functions of commensal bacteria in the guts of germ-free or antibiotic-treated mice.
Abundant, Widespread Virus Discovered
Jef Akst | Jul 29, 2014
Scientists identify a bacteriophage that is highly abundant in the gut bacteria of people around the world.
SIV and the Expanding Virome
Sabrina Richards | Oct 10, 2012
Monkeys infected with simian immunodeficiency virus have a higher diversity of gut viruses, pointing to a possible role of the virome in SIV pathogenesis.