Paleovirology

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Paleovirology is the study of ancient viruses. Scientists hope that by learning more about ancient viruses, they will be able to better understand modern viruses. By looking at the morphology, as well as their genetic makeup, scientists are able to determine most, if not all, of the life cycle of a given ancient virus. Some of these viruses have been found buried deep within the Siberian permafrost, and these viruses have begun opening up the field of paleovirolgy.

Pandoraviruses

What are these ancient viruses? Pandoraviruses are essentially ancient viruses with more complex genetic makeup. While most common viruses today contain roughly double-digit numbers of genes (for example: HIV has only 12 genes), these ancient viruses can contain upwards of 500 different genes. These ancient viruses are also much larger than modern viruses, measuring approximately 1.5 microns in length[1]. These pandoraviruses are a glimpse into the prehistoric realm of viruses, and can potentially lead to new discoveries in their contemporaries.

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  1. Pappas, S. (n.d.). Frozen Giant Virus Still Infectious After 30,000 Years. Frozen Giant Virus Still Infectious After 30,000 Years. Accessed October 29, 2015.
  2. Matt Hall, 2013, pers. comm. Sorry, this is the best reference I can find.
  3. Matt Hall, 2013, pers. comm. Sorry, this is the best reference I can find.


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