Megavirus Discovered in Chile
The largest virus has been discovered in the ocean off the coast of Chile. Called Megavirus chilensis, it is 10 to 20 times wider than the average virus.
It is 7 thousandths of a millimeter in diameter (0.7 micrometers) and can be seen with an ordinary light microscope.
Scientist deduce that the Megavirus probably infects single-celled organisms floating in the sea like amoebas.
DNA analysis shows it to have more than a thousand genes. These genes are used to build the systems it requires to replicate once inside its host.
Infected fresh-water amoebas in lab experiments show that the Megavirus constructs large Tojan orgnalles (cells within cells) that would produce new viruses to infect other amoebas.
Given the following factors:
1. Discovered off the coast of a tropical nation
2. Biggest Virus discovered
3. DNA that hosts thousands of genes for replication
4. Able to construct new viruses for infection
5. Lab experiments to study how the virus infects its victims.
It wouldn't be surprising if one scientist would think of injecting the virus into a lab rat or monkey. We may be looking at a new plot for either "Contagion" or "28 Days Later" or maybe even "The Thing."