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Pandoravirus - The Y2K of Viruses? - Should You Care or Just Play Pandemic or Primordial Soup?

Were you aware of the pandoravirus?


In Pandemic, several virulent diseases have broken out simultaneously all over the world! The players are disease-fighting specialists whose mission is to treat disease hotspots while researching cures for each of four plagues before they get out of hand. The game board depicts several major population centers on Earth.

Pandora Virus is New Domain of Life

There are three known domains of life: Bacteria; Archaea, another type of single-celled organism; and Eukaryotes. Now scientists believe they may have discovered a fourth domain, a distinct, previously unknown branch of life.

Giant Viruses

FEATURE ARTICLE The recent discovery of really, really big viruses is changing views about the nature of viruses and the history of life James L. Van Etten The common view of viruses, mostly true, is of tiny burglars that sneak into cells, grab the biosynthetic controls and compel the cell to make huge numbers of progeny that break out of the cell and keep the replication cycle going.

Biggest Virus Yet Found, May Be Fourth Domain of Life?

Newfound pandoraviruses have opened up entirely new questions about microbial life as we know it, a new study says.

30,000-year-old virus is revived

An ancient virus has "come back to life" after lying dormant for at least 30,000 years, scientists say. It was found frozen in a deep layer of the Siberian permafrost, but after it thawed it became infectious once again.


Pandoravirus is a genus of very large viruses, with genomes much larger than those of any other known type of virus. Like the other very large viruses and , Pandoravirus infects amoebas, but its genome, containing 1.9 to 2.5 megabases of DNA, is twice as large as that of Megavirus, and it differs greatly from the other large viruses in appearance and in genome structure.

Pandoravirus: Missing link discovered between viruses and cells

Oct 14, Biology/Cell & Microbiology Researchers at IGS, the genomic and structural information laboratory (CNRS/Aix-Marseille University), working in association with the large-scale biology laboratory (CEA/Inserm/Grenoble Alpes University) have just discovered two giant viruses which, in terms of number of genes, are comparable to certain eukaryotes, microorganisms with nucleated cells.

Pandoraviruses: Amoeba Viruses with Genomes Up to 2.5 Mb Reaching That of Parasitic Eukaryotes

Zeus' Revenge Sediment-dwelling amoebae appear to have an unhappy affinity for huge viruses. Giant icosahedral Mimiviruses with genomes of the order of 1 megabase (Mb) were first identified in Acanthamoeba. Digging into antipodean sediments has once again been fruitful where Philippe et al. (p.

Giant Virus Discovered, Could Change Everything We Know

SOURCEFED SHIRTS!!! A newly discovered virus could change the way we look both at viruses and the origins of life. Our Sources: More stories at: or check out: for our 5 daily videos or anything else we've ever done.

Thirty-thousand-year-old distant relative of giant icosahedral DNA viruses with a pandoravirus morphology

aStructural and Genomic Information Laboratory, Unité Mixte de Recherche 7256 (Institut de Microbiologie de la Méditerranée) Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Aix-Marseille Université, 13288 Marseille Cedex 9, France; bInstitute of Physicochemical and Biological Problems in Soil Science, Russian Academy of Sciences, Pushchino 142290, Russia; cCommissariat à l'Energie Atomique, Institut

Pithovirus: Bigger than Pandoravirus with a smaller genome

A new virus called Pithovirus sibericum has been isolated from 30,000 year old Siberian permafrost. It is the oldest DNA virus of eukaryotes ever isolated, showing that viruses can retain infectivity in nature for very long periods of time.

Pandoravirus, bigger and unlike anything seen before

The discovery of the giant Mimivirus and Megavirus amazed virologists (and also many others). Their virions (750 nanometers) and DNA genomes (1,259,000 base pairs) were the biggest ever discovered, shattering the notions that viruses could not be seen with a light microscope, and that viral genomes were smaller than bacterial genomes.

Primordial Soup

The Primordial Soup is supposedly where all life came from. Players take charge of a tribe of amoeba as they struggle to survive. In order to help their quest, tribes will take various genetic advantages, which allow them to 'break' the rules of life.

Ancient virus resurrected after 30,000 years, scientists say

As climate change leads to rapidly melting permafrost in the Russian tundra, a recent find has scientists worried that trouble may be lurking below. A 30,000 year old virus of unprecedented size has been found and reactivated. The virus, dubbed Pithovirus Sibericum, appears to affect amoebas and not human or mouse cells.