Newly discovered giant virus from a hot spring turns its amoeba hosts to stone!
Microbe of the episode
Microbe of the episode: Listeria virus P70
In this study, a new giant virus is discovered. Like many others, this infects amoebas, and causes them to transform from dynamic, shape-shifting cells into hard little cyst-like circles. This ability gave it the name Medusavirus. It's the first giant virus found in a relatively hot environment (a hot spring), and among other interesting features, it shows signs of multiple instances of gene transfer to and from its amoeba host.
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