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Identical Virus, Host Populations Can Prevail for Centuries, WHOI Researcher Reports


July 21, 2011

image of phytoplankton Emiliania huxleyi A Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientist, analyzing ancient plankton DNA signatures in sediments of the Black Sea, has found for the first time, that the same genetic populations of a virus and its algal host can persist and coexist for centuries. The findings have implications for the ecological significance of viruses in shaping algae ecosystems in the ocean, and perhaps fresh water as well. Full Story

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