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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Mimivirus Infects Amoeba

Caption: Giant viruses should be included reconstructions of the tree of life, researchers report in a new study. The mimivirus, shown here (small black hexagons) infecting an amoeba, is as big as some bacterial cells and shares some ancient protein structures with most organisms.

Credit: Professor Didier Raoult, Rickettsia Laboratory, La Timone, Marseille, France

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