Giant Viruses Infect Deadly Parasite

The single-celled organism Naegleria fowleri ranks among the deadliest human parasites. Researchers associated with Matthias Horn, PhD, and Patrick Arthofer, PhD, from the Center for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science at the University of Vienna, in an international collaboration, have discovered viruses that infect this harmful microbe. Named Naegleriavirus, these belong to the giant viruses, a group known for their unusually large particles and complex genomes. The team details their findings in Nature Communications. The open-access article was published on April 24, 2024 and is titled “A Giant Virus Infecting the Amoeboflagellate Naegleria.”
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