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Mysterious virus discovered in Brazil lake


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Scientists have identified an enigmatic virus whose genome seems to be almost entirely new to science, populated by unfamiliar genes that have never before been documented in viral research.

The so-called Yaravirus, named after Yara – or Iara, a water-queen figure in Brazilian mythology – was recovered from Lake Pampulha, an artificial lake in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte.

While Yaravirus (Yaravirus brasiliensis) may be no supernatural siren, the virus could prove to be just as mysterious as the water nymph of legend.

That's because the virus constitutes "a new lineage of amoebal virus with a puzzling origin and phylogeny," the research team explains in a new pre-print paper about the discovery.

https://www.sciencealert.com/mysterious-virus-discovered-in-brazil-has-no-known-genes-scientists-can-identify

https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.01.28.923185v1

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I still think the ability of a virus to alter your dna and also to be more adept in space is suspicious at least. Who knows what particles we pass through in space that could end up in a random pond.

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