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The largest virus yet discovered has been isolated from ocean water pulled up off the coast of Chile.

Called Megavirus chilensis, it is 10 to 20 times longer than the average virus.

It just beats the previous record holder, Mimivirus, which was found in a water cooling tower in the UK in 1992.

Scientists tell the journal PNAS that Megavirus probably infects amoebas, single-celled organisms that are floating free in the sea.

The particle measures about 0.7 micrometers (thousandths of a millimetre) in diameter.

"It is bigger than some bacteria," explained Professor Jean-Michel Claverie, from Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France.

"You don't need an electron microscope to see it; you can see it with an ordinary light microscope," he told BBC News.
Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15242386
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put these in amoeba ridden rivers in america to stop deaths? good idea scotty453.
    
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put these in amoeba ridden rivers in america to stop deaths? good idea scotty453.
And then have it go into the water systems of the Gulf into the stomachs of people?
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And then have it go into the water systems of the Gulf into the stomachs of people?
uh, isn't it only harmful to amoeba?.
    
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So, longer, that means it's slower right? When it starts hunting us it'll be easier to run from?
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put these in amoeba ridden rivers in america to stop deaths? good idea scotty453.
Ohhhh I'm sorry, but the correct answer was: "Kill it! Kill it with fire!"

Better luck next time.
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uh, isn't it only harmful to amoeba?.
Where is a facepalm jpg when I need one...
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Where is a facepalm jpg when I need one...
read the article, says it's only harmful to single celled organisms.
    
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Where is a facepalm jpg when I need one...


At you, not Scotty.
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You don't need an electron microscope to see it; you can see it with an ordinary light microscope," he told BBC News
That's just wow

From my collegiate/med courses such as immunology, virology, and pathogenic micro... My professors have always emphasized bacterium sizes in relation to viral counterparts that produce similar pathogenicity/virulence..perhaps through integrations/IGG mimics to induce competitive inhibitions and cofactors this novel virus can prove to be useful in human applications. Otherwise, this curiously denotes types of basal/rudimentary immune complexes(which is in due nature due to depth atrophy of lymphatic/ganglionic structures) that host such a large virus. This type of virus probably has many intermed hosts with a final stage of maturity at a parasitic amoeba/protozoan, similar to many nana/capsular bacterium that are water borne.

At least one can study cell cycles easily with even a basic lab. Good textbook case study.
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