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  • Study of giant viruses shakes up tree of life

    Giant viruses should be included reconstructions of the tree of life, researchers report in a new study. The mimivirus, shown here (small black hexagons) infecting an amoeba, is as big as some bacterial cells and shares some ancient protein structures with most organisms.

    Giant viruses should be included reconstructions of the tree of life, researchers report in a new study. The mimivirus, shown here (small black hexagons) infecting an amoeba, is as big as some bacterial cells and shares some ancient protein structures with most organisms.

    Photo courtesy Prof. Didier Raoult, Rickettsia Laboratory, La Timone, Marseille, France

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  • Editor's notes:To contact Gustavo Caetano-Anollés, call 217-333-8172; email gca@illinois.edu.

    The paper, “Giant Viruses Coexisted With the Cellular Ancestors and Represent a Distinct Supergroup Along With Superkingdoms Archaea, Bacteria and Eukarya,” is available online.