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Scientists have discovered the world’s largest virus
Meet the “virus of Pandora”
Western scientific journal «Science» published an article that scientists have found the world’s largest cell virus. A new species has been so different from most of the known types of viruses , the scientists decided to call his discovery “virus Pandora” (or Pandoravirusom).
“We believe that they opened a real Pandora’s box. Only this finding does not affect most all of humanity as a whole, but only the well-established knowledge of virology. We believe that in front of us, perhaps, is an alternative tree of life “- shared Dr. Jean-Michel Clavier, in an interview with The Week.
First strain of the virus has been detected near the coast of Las Cruces, in Chile. The second time, scientists have found exactly the same virus is already in Melbourne, Australia . The first finding was called «Pandoravirus salinus», and the second was called «Pandoravirus dulcis».
The size of the new virus is 1000 times greater than that of the regular flu virus, and at least twice as much “megavirusa”, which until then was rightfully the title of the largest virus. Scientists say the new look can be seen even in the most ordinary microscope, without resorting to the use of modern electron microscopes.
It is reported that the “virus Pandora” contains an impressive number of 2,556 genes. And only 7 percent of these genes are similar to those that are already familiar to scientists. And that’s what makes it so different from other types of viruses.
The virus itself is not a threat to humans and live mostly under a layer of ocean water.
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