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Claverie, Jean-Michel Structural and Genomic Information Laboratory, Aix-Marseille Université, Marseille, France.
Chantal, Abergel Information Génomique and Structurale, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Marseille, France.
- History of giant viruses
- Pandoravirus particle structure
- Genome size and gene content
- Pandoravirus replication
- Pandoravirus relationship with other giant DNA viruses
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
Pandoraviruses constitute a family of ameba-infecting viruses that were discovered in 2013. They comprise the largest known viruses in terms of both particle size and gene content. Giant viruses (also called giruses) are loosely defined as those that can be seen under a light microscope. This is in contrast with typical viruses, which can only be seen using an electron microscope.
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