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Pandoravirus

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Researchers have discovered the largest virus ever, and they've given it a terrifying name: Pandoravirus.

A typical virus is a tiny sack of genetic material that injects itself into a much larger cell and uses it to make more viruses. The Pandoravirus is enormous by comparison—large enough to be seen in an ordinary microscope (about 1 micrometer).

Link to read more: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/07/18/203298244/worlds-biggest-virus-may-have-ancient-roots

Photo credit: Chantal Abergel and Jean-Michel Claverie
 
 

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