World’s largest virus ‘Megavirus chilensis’ discovered in Chile

By on Oct 11, 2011 in Environment, Science, South America, World Comments


Megavirus
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The so-called world’s largest virus named Megavirus chilensis was discovered by the scientists in seawater off the coast of Chile according to several international reports on Monday, October 11, 2011.

Apparently, this virus was considered as the giant virus because its size was around 7% larger than of the Mimivirus, which was previously thought to be the largest.

It is being believed that Megavirus was reproduced by invading another cell and forcing it to produce new copies of the virus, with the study also published at Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal.

As noted on BBC by Professor Jean-Michel Claverie from Aix-Marseille University in France, Megavirus is between 10 to 20 times bigger than some bacteria.

“You don’t need an electron microscope to see it; you can see it with an ordinary light microscope,” Prof. Claverie was quoted as saying, who is also a part of the discovery team.



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