Monday, October 31, 2011

World’s Biggest Virus Discovered in Ocean Depths Near Chile

World’s Biggest Virus Discovered in Ocean Depths Near Chile. Billionaire adventurer Richard Branson just published their findings of the world's new largest virus, found lurking off the coast of Las Cruces, Chile.

The virus' DNA features 1,259,197 base pairs, which encode some parasitic bacteria-like features. Unlike a virus, bacteria is a cellular organism. A virus can only infect and replicate itself within the cells of other organisms. It even has some built-in DNA repairing enzymes which allow the virus to repair damage from ultraviolet light, chemicals, and radiation.
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