Friday, July 26, 2013

Jumbo Viruses Hint At 'Fourth Domain' Of Life

Electron microscopy image of a Pandoravirus particle (edited using Adobe Photoshop artistic filters).


 (ISNS) -- The discovery of two new jumbo-sized viruses is blurring the lines between viral and cellular life and could point to the existence of a new type of life, scientists suggest.

The two large viruses, detailed in this week's issue of the journal Science, have been dubbed "Pandoraviruses" because of the surprises they may hold for biologists, in reference to the mythical Greek figure who opened a box and released evil into the world.

The discovery of Pandoraviruses is an indication that our knowledge of Earth's microbial biodiversity is still incomplete, explained study coauthor Jean-Michel Claverie, a virologist at the French National Research Agency at Aix-Marseille University. 

For the rest of the story: http://www.livescience.com/38286-jumbo-viruses-hint-at-fourth-domain-of-life.html

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