Genomes of Giant Viruses Hint at "4th Domain" of Life
Just 7 percent of the viruses' genes match those in existing databases, a finding that confirms that viral diversity is still largely underexplored
The discovery suggests that scientists’ may revise their concept of what a virus looks like. “After reading the article, many people may wonder if they have something on their shelves that might be a giant virus,” says Abergel. “We still have more crazy things in store that we expect to be able to publish next year.”
This article is reproduced with permission from the magazine Nature. The article was first published on July 18, 2013.