Some crazy 30,000 year old revived viruses, . . . blows away scientists and biology enthusiasts!
0:00 Intro to new discovery
1:45 Previous discoveries about giant viruses
3:30 DNA and mystery of its size
4:15 New study discovers incredible diversity
5:10 Geometry of capsids
5:30 Strange features: Gorgon, turtle, stars, hair and supernova
7:15 New type of viruses?
In what seems like a plot straight out of a low-budget science-fiction film, scientists have revived a giant virus that was buried in Siberian ice for 30,000 years — and it is still infectious. Its targets, fortunately, are amoebae, but the researchers suggest that as Earth’s ice melts, this could trigger the return of other ancient viruses, with potential risks for human health.
This guy is 150 times less compacted than any bacteriophage. We don’t understand anything anymore!
The newly thawed virus is the biggest one ever found. At 1.5 micrometres long, it is comparable in size to a small bacterium. Evolutionary biologists Jean-Michel Claverie and Chantal Abergel, the husband-and-wife team at Aix-Marseille University in France who led the work, named it Pithovirus sibericum, inspired by … "
On a related note, saw this cool short talk by Michael Levin - it all fits into this Earth Centrist paradigm quite well.