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Virology: independent virus development outside a host

Häring, Monika ; Vestergaard, Gisle ; Rachel, Reinhard ; Chen, Lanming ; Garrett, Roger A. ; Prangishvili, David


Viruses are thought to be functionally inactive once they are outside and independent of their host cell. Here we describe an exceptional property of a newly discovered virus that infects a hyperthermophilic archaeon growing in acidic hot springs: the lemon-shaped viral particle develops a very long tail at each of its pointed ends after being released from its host cell. The process occurs only ...


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