News tagged with virus genome

Study of giant viruses shakes up tree of life

A new study of giant viruses supports the idea that viruses are ancient living organisms and not inanimate molecular remnants run amok, as some scientists have argued. The study reshapes the universal family ...

Sep 13, 2012
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More possible branches to the domain of life

(PhysOrg.com) -- When it comes to the current domain of life, we are familiar with the three branches: bacteria, archaea, and eukaryotes. However, Jonathan Eisen of UC Davis and his team have published possible ...

Mar 30, 2011 report
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Dormant ancient chimp virus revived

(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers in New York have identified the receptor of an ancient chimpanzee retrovirus that has been dormant for at least a million years. Now the scientists have resurrected a key part of the virus to ...

Oct 26, 2010 report
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'Tamed' virus wipes out cancer cells safely

(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists at Oxford University have tamed a virus so that it attacks and destroys cancer cells but does not harm healthy cells. The research funded by Cancer Research UK is published in the ...

May 22, 2009
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