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Virophage discovered in Antarctic lake

Posted on Thursday, 31 March, 2011 | Comment icon 10 comments


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By Offeiriad, Staff News Writer

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."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Asgaard on 31 March, 2011, 14:05
Could it be possible to use those kind of virus, to ''cure'' people of other virus? Like HIV ?
Comment icon #2 Posted by zenfahr on 31 March, 2011, 15:11
thats great, perhaps we can manipulate it to fight human viruses!!
Comment icon #3 Posted by Paul Disaster on 31 March, 2011, 16:14
Zombie cure, anyone?
Comment icon #4 Posted by AquaMerina on 31 March, 2011, 16:34
Here's a link about virophages. So far it seems that if virophages were used as a kind of anti virus, they may or may not cause health problems in the original host. So further research is necessary. It also seems that virophanges are sparking up the debate on whether viruses are "alive" or not. link
Comment icon #5 Posted by Asgaard on 31 March, 2011, 17:14
Here's a link about virophages. So far it seems that if virophages were used as a kind of anti virus, they may or may not cause health problems in the original host. So further research is necessary. It also seems that virophanges are sparking up the debate on whether viruses are "alive" or not. link Makes me wonder; How did virus evoluate from the first unicellular organism.. To became that. The firsts unicellular cells that ever lived on earth were abel to multiply by themselves, why not viruses?
Comment icon #6 Posted by Cryptozological Mascot on 31 March, 2011, 22:02
Oh snap! They found the vampyre virus!
Comment icon #7 Posted by xXHellkittiesXx on 1 April, 2011, 3:11
Lets hope this will lead to research on various viral vaccines in the future.
Comment icon #8 Posted by -WOLF-12227- on 3 April, 2011, 10:32
Lets hope this will lead to research on various viral vaccines in the future. Why can't people just let nature take it's course? Viruses, disease, cancer... It's all population control and if we want world peace than we are going to eat up more resources take up more land and generate more waste. Ohhwell, I won't live long enough to see any of this happen so I guess I can count myself lucky.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Erix on 3 April, 2011, 14:08
Why can't people just let nature take it's course? Viruses, disease, cancer... It's all population control and if we want world peace than we are going to eat up more resources take up more land and generate more waste. Ohhwell, I won't live long enough to see any of this happen so I guess I can count myself lucky. OK so you would let everyone die early?
Comment icon #10 Posted by Fluffybunny on 3 April, 2011, 14:30
Why can't people just let nature take it's course? Viruses, disease, cancer... It's all population control and if we want world peace than we are going to eat up more resources take up more land and generate more waste. Ohhwell, I won't live long enough to see any of this happen so I guess I can count myself lucky. So you refuse medical treatment when you are ill? Or is the sacrifice of a short life just something that everyone else should make?


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