The not so universal tree of life or the place of viruses in the living world.

@article{Brssow2009TheNS,
  title={The not so universal tree of life or the place of viruses in the living world.},
  author={Harald Br{\"u}ssow},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  year={2009},
  volume={364 1527},
  pages={2263-74}
}
Darwin provided a great unifying theory for biology; its visual expression is the universal tree of life. The tree concept is challenged by the occurrence of horizontal gene transfer and-as summarized in this review -- by the omission of viruses. Microbial ecologists have demonstrated that viruses are the most numerous biological entities on earth, outnumbering cells by a factor of 10. Viral genomics have revealed an unexpected size and distinctness of the viral DNA sequence space. Comparative… CONTINUE READING
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