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Submission + - Scientists thaw a giant 30,000 year old virus, and it's infectious. (nature.com)

bmahersciwriter writes: It might be terrifying if we were amoebae. Instead, it's just fascinating. The virus, found in a hunk of Siberian ice, is huge, but also loosely packaged, which is strange says evolutionary biologist Jean-Michel Claverie: “We thought it was a property of viruses that they pack DNA extremely tightly into the smallest particle possible, but this guy is 150 times less compacted than any bacteriophage [viruses that infect bacteria]. We don’t understand anything anymore!”
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Scientists thaw a giant 30,000 year old virus, and it's infectious.

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