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Whopping big viruses prey on human gut bacteria
January 28, 2019
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Sequencing gut microbiomes typically turns up new microbes and other denizens of the intestinal tract, including viruses or phages that prey on these microbes. A new University of California, Berkeley, study has discovered the largest phages ever found in humans, with genomes 10 times the average and larger than the genomes of the smallest bacteria. They target bacteria found primarily in people eating non-Western diets. Their large size blurs the line between life and non-life. Full Story
University of California, Berkeley
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