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Giant mimiviruses fend off invaders using defences similar to the CRISPR system deployed by bacteria and other microorganisms. Like prokaryotes, mimiviruses are plagued by viruses known as virophages. This appears to have led to the evolution of a defence system … Continue reading
This article – by one of the discoverers of Mimivirus – argues that the new giant DNA viruses are different from other viruses and that as a result, we neew to create a new brach of microbes. Other virologists are … Continue reading
Pandoravirus is not the first giant virus to be discovered. Continue reading
Although there’s still no definitive proof that Mimivirus causes disease, it’s starting to look guilty. Continue reading
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
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+
How the mighty are fallen – move over Mimivirus, there’s a new Megavirus in town. Continue reading
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