Pandoraviruses: Amoeba Viruses with Genomes Up to 2.5 Mb Reaching That of Parasitic Eukaryotes

@article{Philippe2013PandoravirusesAV,
  title={Pandoraviruses: Amoeba Viruses with Genomes Up to 2.5 Mb Reaching That of Parasitic Eukaryotes},
  author={Nad{\`e}ge Philippe and Matthieu Legendre and Gabriel Doutre and Yohann Cout{\'e} and Olivier Poirot and Magali Lescot and Defne Arslan and Virginie Seltzer and Lionel Bertaux and Christophe Bruley and Jerome Garin and Jean-Michel Claverie and Chantal Abergel},
  journal={Science},
  year={2013},
  volume={341},
  pages={281 - 286}
}
Zeus' Revenge Sediment-dwelling amoebae appear to have an unhappy affinity for huge viruses. Giant icosahedral Mimiviruses with genomes of the order of 1 megabase (Mb) were first identified in Acanthamoeba. Digging into antipodean sediments has once again been fruitful where Philippe et al. (p. 281; see the cover) discovered some enormous viruses in Acanthamoeba, visible by light microscopy and having genomes up to 2.5 Mb. The Pandoraviruses are phagocytosed by target cells and, after fusing… 
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