Virology The largest virus: what is it?
Hello, everyone! Do you know what is the largest virus? In terms of size or molecular mass. I am curious 🤔
Hi! I've read, that Pithovirus sibericum, which was discovered in 2013, is considered the largest virus. It was isolated from a sample of Siberian permafrost more than 30 thousand years old by cultivation in the cells of the amoeba Acanthamoeba castellanii. The length of its virions can reach 1.5 microns, which is currently an absolute record in the viral world.
@morphism here you can find some pictures) https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-13390-4