giant viruses


Summary: DNA viruses that have genomes up to several megabases in length and infect primarily single-celled EUKARYOTES.

Top Publications

  1. Jain S, Panda A, Colson P, Raoult D, Pontarotti P. MimiLook: A Phylogenetic Workflow for Detection of Gene Acquisition in Major Orthologous Groups of Megavirales. Viruses. 2017;9: pubmed publisher
    ..Also, MimiLook is relevant for detecting evolutionary scenarios in other targeted phyla with user defined modifications. It can be accessed at following link 10.6084/m9.figshare.4653622. ..
  2. Heinz E, Domman D. Reshaping the tree of life. Nat Rev Microbiol. 2017;15:322 pubmed publisher
    ..This month's Genome Watch highlights how metagenomics is continuing to reveal the diversity of microorganisms in the environment and how it is challenging and expanding our understanding of how life evolved on Earth. ..
  3. Mueller L, Bertelli C, Pillonel T, Salamin N, Greub G. One Year Genome Evolution of Lausannevirus in Allopatric versus Sympatric Conditions. Genome Biol Evol. 2017;9:1432-1449 pubmed publisher
    ..Moreover, in our conditions and with our analyses we detected no horizontal gene transfer during one year of co-culture. ..
  4. Colson P, La Scola B, Raoult D. Giant Viruses of Amoebae: A Journey Through Innovative Research and Paradigm Changes. Annu Rev Virol. 2017;4:61-85 pubmed publisher
    b>Giant viruses of amoebae were discovered serendipitously in 2003; they are visible via optical microscopy, making them bona fide microbes. Their lifestyle, structure, and genomes break the mold of classical viruses...