The “Giant Virus Finder” discovers an abundance of giant viruses in the Antarctic dry valleys

  title={The “Giant Virus Finder” discovers an abundance of giant viruses in the Antarctic dry valleys},
  author={Csaba Kerepesi and Vince Korn{\'e}l Grolmusz},
  journal={Archives of Virology},
Mimivirus was identified in 2003 from a biofilm of an industrial water-cooling tower in England. Later, numerous new giant viruses were found in oceans and freshwater habitats, some of them having 2,500 genes. We have demonstrated their likely presence in four soil samples taken from the Kutch Desert (Gujarat, India). Here we describe a bioinformatics work-flow, called the “Giant Virus Finder” that is capable of discovering the likely presence of the genomes of giant viruses in metagenomic… 

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