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Old 11-09-2010, 02:46 PM   #1
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Default World's Largest, Most Complex Marine Virus Is Major Player in Ocean Ecosystems

World's Largest, Most Complex Marine Virus Is Major Player in Ocean Ecosystems
ScienceDaily
Oct. 31, 2010

World's largest, most complex marine virus is major player in ocean ecosystems
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UBC researchers have identified the world's largest marine virus--an unusually complex 'mimi-like virus' that infects an ecologically important and widespread planktonic predator.

Cafeteria roenbergensis virus has a genome larger than those found in some cellular organisms, and boasts genetic complexity that blurs the distinction between "non-living" and "living" entities.
"Virus are classically thought of...
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