I am so close to going full-on Howard Hughes...
Smithers, where are my Kleenex box slippers?
Viruses visible to the naked eye raise all sorts of interesting questions...Ya think!!!!
Two newly discovered species of giant virus both have the largest assembly of protein-coding genes ever found in the virus realm.Meanwhile, elsewhere in the Solar System, other little critters are doing Monty Python bits:
And the viruses themselves aren’t exactly tiny. A paper in the journal Nature Communications describes them as “optically visible” – a highly unusual characteristic.
The two new species, note a team of scientists led by Bernard La Scola from Aix-Marseille University, have a protein shell, known as a capsid, around 450 nanometres long and a cylindrical tail roughly the same length. The tail is the largest ever discovered.
By comparison, a polio virus is typically just 70 nanometres long. A smallpox virus tops out at about 300 nanometres.
The two closely related species were discovered in, or near, Brazil, one in a soda lake, and the other in sediments at the bottom of the deep ocean – both extreme environments known to support ancient lifeforms....MORE
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