It's not a long time for a DNA virus, with low mutation rates. Some of the genes of this virus are recognizable; others not. I doubt that viruses of that time would be substantially different, but then again, we haven't explored all the viruses on Earth so our comparator might not be accurate.
On this week's episode of the science show This Week in Microbiology, we tackle a story about how soil dwelling bacteria stimulate the development of nodules on plant roots via a protein called CYCLOPS.
On this week's episode of the science show This Week in Virology, we discuss the cases of polio-like illness in California, and the virome of a 14th century paleofeces. Hence, the title of this episode (although I really liked 'A crock of phage').
Here's a special episode of TWiV: a discussion with Ian Lipkin and Thomas Briese about their finding that MERS-coronavirus has been circulating in dromedary camels in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since 1992.
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I'm Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Columbia University in New York. I run a research lab where we study poliovirus, rhinovirus, and other RNA viruses. I also love teaching about viruses - check out virology.ws, twiv.tv, or iTunes University for some of my offerings. I want to be the world's virology professor.
Produced first infectious DNA clone of an animal virus
Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
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