Characterization of Mollivirus kamchatka, the First Modern Representative of the Proposed Molliviridae Family of Giant Viruses

  title={Characterization of Mollivirus kamchatka, the First Modern Representative of the Proposed Molliviridae Family of Giant Viruses},
  author={Eug{\`e}ne Christo-Foroux and Jean-Marie Alempic and Audrey Lartigue and S{\'e}bastien Santini and Karine Labadie and Matthieu Legendre and Chantal Abergel and Jean-Michel Claverie},
  journal={Journal of Virology},
Virology has long been viewed through the prism of human, cattle, or plant diseases, leading to a largely incomplete picture of the viral world. The serendipitous discovery of the first giant virus visible under a light microscope (i.e., >0.3 μm in diameter), mimivirus, opened a new era of environmental virology, now incorporating protozoan-infecting viruses. Planet-wide isolation studies and metagenome analyses have shown the presence of giant viruses in most terrestrial and aquatic… 
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