Click here to listen or download to podcast #1 on Mimivirus. Extreme virology episode #23.
Speakers Vincent, Dick, and Alan will review the largest virion and DNA genome on the Mimivirus and the satellite virus Sputnik virophage.
Since the discovery of the Mimivirus in 2003, scientists have been rethinking the way to define viruses. The Mimivirus may give an evolutionary clue about viruses. Other interesting research that begun, since its discovery is to perform a PCR analysis to test for Mimivirus in brain disease from amoeba and pneumonia cases. More research needs to be done to find out where the proteins/receptors the Mimivirus attaches to in the host cell before the host cell does phagocytosis. This could help to see what the Mimivirus targets.
This podcast discusses the large capsid of the Mimivirus as well as other unique structures. This relates to virology because the asymmetry may help deliver the genome to the host. This makes it a little unique from other viruses.
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