LOOK AT THE FUZZY VIRUS!!
I want to flop its ears!
Or... 'cowlicks'... whatever...
They call him MEGAVIRUS!
1,259,197 bp genome (Mimi has 1,181,549. HIV-1 about 10,000).
1,120 protein coding genes (Mimi has 979. HIV-1 has 9).
I know there is some really cool evolutionary biology in this paper, but right now I just want to snuggle with the little ooga booga!
There's an XKCD for every occasion:
Is there anything wrong with me if I find this cute? Ah.. I shouldn't give a damn.. This thing just screams "hug me!".
What would the Giant Microbe version of this look like, a beanbag chair?! It's so fuzzy!
Wee! Cutesy wutesy virus.
Next step: Someone needs to make lolvirus pictures with captions.
1,200 coded proteins and still no cell wall? Talk about an evolutionary dead end.
I think it is some kind of miniature tribble.
I thought is was a pic of an ostomy..so I'm not finding it cute!
#1, I study (amongst other things) computer viruses.
The organic ones are many orders of magnitude more complex. And I've often wondered whether this is an argument for or against Intelligent Design.
Having carefully studied the attendant picture, referred to several reference publications and consulted an oracle, I have been vouchsafed the conclusion that this little ooga booga is in fact a her.
It was discovered inside an amoeba, not a kitchen.
Looks more like a 20 sided die with a neckbeard, I'd say.
Those aren't fuzzy cowlicks - those are intelligently designed flagella! (/snark)
"I want to flop its ears!"
... sounds cute :) never thought that could be possible related to viruses.
Yes, it is a cute virus! Of course, if you're an amoeba....maybe not so cute.
This class of viruses not only take the prize for bulk, they have genes that aren't thought to be associated with viruses (e.g. aminoacyl tRNA synthetase). No ribosomal RNA or protein genes, so it doesn't violate the REO/CEO dichotomy...yet.
These viruses can be seen under a light microscope and they make obvious clusters inside their Acanthamoeba hosts.
They look so plushy and soft, I don't think it will be long before someone makes a stuffed toy version - if they haven't already.
They look so plushy and soft, I don't think it will be long before someone makes a stuffed toy version - if they haven't already.Prometheus
Ya, remember the tickle me Elmo rage? This could be the replacement for the 2011 Christmas season! It does look cute and cuddly, and like it would grow on you. LOL! Anyone here own a stuffed toy factory? Dave Briggs :~)
I can't remember offhand where, but in one of the posts on my blog is a link that someone gave me at one of Abbie's old posts to a company that sells plush pathogens. They're adorable.
That totally started off sounding like an inbred trailer park story. (no offense to Greg Laden).
Of course, for this baby they'll have to make a frickin' beanbag.
Like I've said elsewhere.
IT'S FRIGGIN CREEPY, LIKE THE EYE OF SAURON!
No similarity at all:
I thought Megavirus was destroyed by Mothra.
"They call him MEGAVIRUS!"
How do you know it's a 'him'?