Complexity Digest 2005.24 - 13
Giant Viruses in the Oceans : The 4th Algal Virus Workshop, arXiv
Excerpt: Giant double-stranded DNA viruses (such as record breaking Acanthamoeba polyphaga Mimivirus), with particle sizes of 0.2 to 0.6 micron, genomes of 300 kbp to 1.200 kbp, and commensurate complex gene contents, constitute an evolutionary mystery. They challenge the common vision of viruses, traditionally seen as highly streamlined genomes optimally fitted to the smallest possible -filterable- package. Such giant viruses are now discovered in increasing numbers through the systematic sampling of ocean waters as well as freshwater aquatic environments, where they play a significant role in controlling phyto- and bacterio- plankton populations.
- Source: Giant Viruses in the Oceans : The 4th Algal Virus Workshop
[ http://arXiv.org/abs/q-bio.PE/0506008 ], Jean-Michel Claverie, DOI: q-bio.PE/0506008, arXiv, 2005/06/07