Mimivirus up close

Scientists investigate structural details of the largest known virus

By Rachel Ehrenberg, 15:27 PM April 28, 2009

Scientists have zoomed in on mimivirus, the enormous virus with the delicate name that has perplexed scientists since 1992, when it was found living in an amoeba in a water tower in England.

“This is like landing on the moon,” says Michael Rossmann of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. Rossmann and an international team of scientists report the results of their reconnaissance online April 27 in PLoS Biology.

Mimivirus, full name Acanthamoeba polyphaga Mimivirus, is the largest kno...

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