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  • Study: Viruses share genes with organisms across the tree of life

    A new study reveals that viruses share genes across the three superkingdoms of life, with most of this unusual sharing occurs between eukarya and bacteria and the viruses that infect them.

    A new study reveals that viruses share genes across the three superkingdoms of life, from the single-celled microbes known as bacteria and archaea, to eukarya, a group that includes animals, plants, fungi and all other living things. Most of this unusual sharing occurs between eukarya and bacteria and their viruses.

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  • Editor’s notes:
    To reach Arshan Nasir, call 217-751-2134; email arshan.nasir@gmail.com.
    To reach Gustavo Caetano-Anolles, call 217-333-8172; email gca@illinois.edu.
    The paper “Do viruses exchange genes across superkingdoms of life?” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.
    DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.02110