Monthly Archives: December 2013

Chlorella Virus: NOT big and plodding

Chlorella Virus has been challenging my stereotypes once again.  In addition to the “bigger genome therefore bigger virus particle” assumption,  I was clearly guilty of a “bigger virus therefore slow at replicating” assumption too.  Its nothing I though explicitly, in … Continue reading

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A context for Chlorella Viruses: Size

Chlorella viruses are big.  Consider the titles of the following review papers dealing with them: The Phycodnaviridae: The Story of How Tiny Giants Rule the World DNA Viruses: The Really Big Ones (Giruses) Structures of giant icosahedral eukaryotic dsDNA viruses There are two … Continue reading

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Phycodnaviridae hosts

The Phycodnaviridae virus Family consists of six known Genera, all of which infect algae*.   These algal hosts have some pretty interesting stories on their own. For instance, Phaeophycaea (also known as brown algae) is a Class within Eukaryotes that … Continue reading

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The benefits of eating nuclear fallout

No doubt you know that your skin cells are constantly falling off.  Hopefully you have arrived at the conclusion that, since this has never caused your muscles to show, your skin cells are dividing to make new skin cells to … Continue reading

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