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Message 1392522 - Posted: 19 Jul 2013, 19:13:22 UTC

Giant viruses open Pandora's box


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Message 1392549 - Posted: 19 Jul 2013, 20:59:57 UTC - in response to Message 1392522.

Thanks for that one. Very interesting.


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Message 1392643 - Posted: 20 Jul 2013, 0:21:50 UTC

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Message 1392687 - Posted: 20 Jul 2013, 1:45:43 UTC - in response to Message 1392643.

The pandoravirus, as they’ve dubbed it, is 1,000 times bigger than the flu virus by volume and has nearly 200 times as many genes — 2,556 all told.

Scary.

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Message 1392765 - Posted: 20 Jul 2013, 8:18:54 UTC

Some people have long prophesied that human life on earth will be wiped out one day by super viruses.

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Message 1392913 - Posted: 20 Jul 2013, 17:36:19 UTC

A little off topic perhaps---where do they come from, viruses that is.

Deep space and hitch a ride here on a rock?


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Message 1393085 - Posted: 21 Jul 2013, 0:50:07 UTC - in response to Message 1392913.

Really??


Never-before-seen GIANT virus found that's so unusual it may have come from Mars

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Message 1393221 - Posted: 21 Jul 2013, 10:28:54 UTC

The virus, dubbed Pandoravirus, is one micrometre big - up to ten times the size of other viruses - and only six per cent of its genes resemble anything seen on Earth before. This has led French researchers to believe the virus may have come from an ancient time or even another planet, such as Mars.

In other words they simply don't know its origin. It is thought many bacteria and viruses do get here via meteorites, but they are hardly likely to directly emanate from a dead planet. Typical Daily Mail Hype.

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Message 1393262 - Posted: 21 Jul 2013, 15:20:00 UTC

That John Carter formerly of Earth!

Just going to another planet can kill us all!


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Message 1393440 - Posted: 22 Jul 2013, 1:51:20 UTC

Wouldn't a virus that big have a hard time penetrating our cells and infecting us?


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Message 1393679 - Posted: 22 Jul 2013, 18:11:46 UTC - in response to Message 1393440.

update.


Virus Genome Finding Points To New Branch In Tree Of Life

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Message 1393718 - Posted: 22 Jul 2013, 20:58:14 UTC - in response to Message 1393440.

Wouldn't a virus that big have a hard time penetrating our cells and infecting us?

I would think so. But Id reckon stranger things have happened.
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Message 1393719 - Posted: 22 Jul 2013, 20:58:33 UTC - in response to Message 1393679.

update.


Virus Genome Finding Points To New Branch In Tree Of Life


Thanks for the link. ;-)
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