Forget aliens, meet the ‘INTRAterrestrials’: Strange new viruses discovered beneath the ocean floor

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3021461/Forget-aliens-meet-INTRAterrestrials-Strange-new-viruses-discovered-beneath-ocean-floor.html

The researchers also found that a small genetic element – known as a diversity-generating retroelement – was able to accelerate mutation of a specific part of the virus’s own genome.
Dr Paul added: ‘The target of guided mutation–the tips of the virus that make first contact when infecting a cell–is similar.
‘But the ability to mutate those tips is an offensive countermeasure against the cell’s defenses, a move that resembles a molecular arms race.’

Note: It seems the “novel” virus creators have a new genome to play with. The CDC will need to update their pathogen list soon.
Crazy scientists, lets go and bring up a resilient virus to play around with.
http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2015/150323/ncomms7585/full/ncomms7585.html

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