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'Virus-eater' discovered in Antarctic lake

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A genomic survey of the microbial life in an Antarctic lake has revealed a new virophage ā€” a virus that attacks viruses. The discovery suggests that these life forms are more common, and have a larger role in the environment, than was once thought. An Australian research team found the virophage while surveying the extremely salty Organic Lake in eastern Antarctica. While sequencing the collective genome of microbes living in the surface waters, they discovered the virus, which they dubbed the Organic Lake Virophage (OLV).
 
 

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  1. This is indeed a great discovery. The usefulness of a virophage can not be overemphasized.It can be of tremendous use in curbing the menace of viral pathogenic diseases in both plant and animals throughout the world.More research is still needed by marine microbiologists or virologists to identify and possibly characterize as many virophages as possible. Their physiology ,biochemistry and metabolism should also be researched into.

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