CRISPR like immunity found in a GIANT virus

I don’t know which I’m more excited about.

The prospect of a giant virus that is so large you can see it under a light microscope, or

said virus having a immune similar to the well publicized CRISPR system used by bacteria.

And yet, the mimiviruses have both. Read all about it and more over at Nature! 

Mimivirus

Or just read my list of cool facts about this virus:

This virus could represent a new branch in the tree of life

Their genomes are larger than those of most bacteria

Unlike most viruses they have genes to make amino acids

They blur the line between non-living virus and living microbes

 

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