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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.
I was gunna say that
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Ohhhh I'm sorry, but the correct answer was: "Kill it! Kill it with fire!"

Better luck next time.
Amoeba related deaths are on the rise in america, i dunno about you, but i'd rather put something in there to curb them :/ (i am some one who is at the apex of paranoia whenever i hear anything bad.) Amoeba replicate in your brain causing meningitis. been well documented on the discovery channel. (wanna guess where my paranoia comes from now?).
    
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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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So, longer, that means it's slower right? When it starts hunting us it'll be easier to run from?
Depends on who it infects and takes control of.
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Sounds like a Michael Bay movie! "John Cusack and the return of the Swine Mega Bird Virus"
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Sounds like a Michael Bay movie! "John Cusack and the return of the Swine Mega Bird Virus"
I suggest you watch "titanic 2" best special effects ever. and remember syfy's MEGA SUPER MEGA Anaconda VS GIGANTIC SUPER SNAKE (last movie made up, titanic 2 is real). and you'd probably be thankful for michael bay haha.
    
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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.
I'd definitely love to see what sort of life cycle it has. If you're right about the intermediate hosts, that's a lot of synchronization to be done. I'd also imagine there aren't that many bacteria that are capable of serving as an intermediate host, given its sheer size.

As for human applications, I'd definitely like there to be more testing done first. The amoeba theory is still just a theory, and you and I know that different species can share the same cell receptors, and without knowing conclusively that the cell receptor this virus targets is amoeba-specific, I'd personally hold off on using it in anything related to humans first.

That said, if it all checks out, this would definitely be something great to have. I'd also imagine that this, if non-pathogenic for humans, could very well become a model virus for educational purposes given its size.

Although I seriously wonder how they discovered this virus in the first place. Did people trawl through the waters with the intention of studying the microbes they trap?

Admittedly my virology knowledge is a bit lacking; my focus is on human cancer which is a whole different world entirely, so if there are any gaps in that please excuse me

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And then have it go into the water systems of the Gulf into the stomachs of people?
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Where is a facepalm jpg when I need one...
He's not necessarily wrong. There is always a risk that humans and the target organism share similar cell receptors and humans are a suitable environment for the virus for it to become human pathogenic, but there's also a chance that it's non-human pathogenic as well. Viruses, like all other pathogens, can be broadly specific for organisms or extremely specific for one organism (or even, one population subset within that organism). It really just depends on the virus in question.
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So does this mean chile is going to be extinct or what? lol
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And then have it go into the water systems of the Gulf into the stomachs of people?

hmm...

could be a viable back story for my zombie apocalypse best selling novel smile.gif
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The BBC article misses what is potentially the most significant outcome of the discovery of Megavirus chilensis. The fact that they have shown it is distantly related to Mimivirus indicates a realistic evolutionary divergence (from an ancestral virus that also encodes cellular functions). This in turn adds weight to controversial evolutionary theories concerning the role of viruses in the emergence of eukaryotes.
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