kyhwana: (fat baby)
Inteeresting. I'm not a biologist (or a chemist!) but this Discover magazine article "Unintelligent Design" is interesting..

"We already had very large viral genomes in the database before Mimivirus," says Claverie. "But before we saw that the virus and bacteria groups could overlap, we never asked ourselves why some large viruses had, for example, 300 genes, while the typical virus only needs 10. Then we see Mimi, with over 1,000 genes, and we're thinking we have a problem with our whole concept of viruses."

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