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Do big viruses make you really sick?

Pandoravirus is not the first giant virus to be discovered. Continue reading

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Do Mimiviruses cause pneumonia?

Although there’s still no definitive proof that Mimivirus causes disease, it’s starting to look guilty. Continue reading

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How to build a giant virus

My final year students will tell you I’m obsessed with Mimivirus. To me these giant viruses are one of the most fascinating areas of microbiology. Continue reading

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We love you Mimi 

Giant virus blurs the boundaries between viruses and cells further: Translation in Giant Viruses: A Unique Mixture of Bacterial and Eukaryotic Termination Schemes. (2012) PLoS Genet 8(12): e1003122 http://goo.gl/SbKrS #viaGoogle+ Google+: Reshared 5 times Google+: View post on Google+

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Move over Mimivirus, there's a new Megavirus in town

How the mighty are fallen – move over Mimivirus, there’s a new Megavirus in town. Continue reading

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Giruses not a new domain?

New analysis suggests that the genes of giant nucleocytoplasmic large DNA viruses have been acquired by horizontal transfer from donors within the eukaryotic domain, and suggests that invoking an ancient “4th domain” for these viruses is not needed. Continue reading

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Breaking the 1000-gene barrier for Mimivirus

Mimivirus is the largest virus identified to date. Besides its outstanding particle size, the genome of Mimivirus is also exceptional both in size and complexity. Continue reading

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Another Really, Really Big Virus

Some virus genomes are bigger than some bacterial genomes. Continue reading

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DNA Viruses – Really Big Ones

Viruses with genomes greater than 300 kb and up to 1200 kb are being discovered with increasing frequency. These large viruses (often called giruses) can encode up to 900 proteins and also many tRNAs. Consequently, these viruses have more protein-encoding … Continue reading

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