The new virophage was discovered after noting protein sequences similar to another found in 2008.
A virophage is a virus-eating virus. Only three have been discovered in the world: one in Paris in 2008 and the second just a month ago. The new find has been named the Organic Lake Virophage and by studying it scientists hope to better understand the complex biological functions occuring within.
"Deep within the waters of Antarctica's Organic Lake an Australian research team, led by microbiologist Ricardo Cavicchioli from the University of New South Wales, have discovered a new virophage, or virus eater."