The discovery of a giant virus in an arctic lake was astonishing. This giant virus infects algae in an Arctic lake. Its unusual shape makes the discovery of this virus a natural phenomenon which is quite frightening.
Who would have thought that the steps of scientists digging deep in an Arctic lake would yield results that exceeded their previous expectations.
They found a new virus in the extraordinary lake. What makes this discovery very interesting and unusual is that the size of the virus is large.
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Scientists discover giant virus in Arctic lake
Arctic Lake is one of those lakes which is quite special. Because, this lake is in the vast Arctic Ocean.
One thing that makes this lake special and different from other lakes is their mass of fresh water that floats right on top of the dense seawater.
Existing research suggests that water contains a greater variety of viruses than seawater below.
After diving deep into the world of Arctic lakes, scientists have managed to find one of the ‘giant’ viruses, which is bigger than other viruses.
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The scientists took and sequenced the DNA found in water samples from Arctic lakes for research. As a result, they were able to identify that there is a tremendous diversity of these viruses.
Some of these viruses belong to the group of giant viruses. The group is called megavaricetes.
More interestingly, the giant virus was seen infecting microscopic algae that were at the boundary between the fresh water of the lake and the sea water below it.
Of course the discovery of a giant virus in an Arctic lake is the result of a very interesting study.
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shaped like bacteria
The word ‘giant’ does not mean that the virus is the size of a whale or anything like that. However, the term ‘giant’ refers to the size of the virus which is larger than most viruses.
Scientists discovered this new megavoice virus about 20 years ago.
If the hallmark of a virus is its small body, which is smaller than the smallest bacteria and contains only a few genes, then the size of the megavaricete is similar to that of a bacteria. This virus also has a genome that has the ability to carry many interesting genes.
Following this discovery, researchers hope to be able to obtain even more detailed information about the ecosystem in this particular Arctic lake in the future.
However, they also have to race against time. Rising temperatures due to global warming could destroy the ice that melts freshwater in Arctic lakes.
Ice serves to hold fresh water and sea water together. If the ice melts, the lake is in danger of disappearing. The results of a study of the discovery of a giant virus in an Arctic lake have been published online in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. (R10 / HR-Online)