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Remarkable morphological diversity of viruses and virus-like particles in hot terrestrial environments

Rachel, Reinhard ; Bettstetter, M. ; Hedlund, B. P. ; Häring, M. ; Kessler, A. ; Stetter, Karl Otto ; Prangishvili, D.


Electron microscopic studies of the viruses in two hot springs (85 degrees C, pH 1.5-2.0, and 75-93 degrees C, pH 6.5) in Yellowstone National Park revealed particles with twelve different morphotypes. This diversity encompassed known viruses of hyperthermophilic archaea, filamentous Lipothrixviridae, rod-shaped Rudiviridae, and spindle-shaped Fuselloviridae, and novel morphotypes previously not ...


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