ALFRED PASIEKA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ALFRED PASIEKA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Computer artwork depicting a Klosneuvirus, a novel group of giant viruses found at a wastewater treatment in Klosterneuburg, Austria. Giant viruses are characterized by disproportionately large genomes and virions that house viruses' genetic material. They can encode several genes potentially involved in protein biosynthesis, a unique feature which has led to diverging hypotheses about the origins of these viruses.The predicted hosts for the Klosneuviruses are protists (in the image cells sourronding the cental virus), single-celled eukaryotic microorganisms, and while their direct impacts on protists are not yet worked out, these giant viruses are thought to have a large impact on these protists that help regulate the planet's biogeochemical cycles.They are affiliated with Mimiviruses, the first giant viruses discovered.
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