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Viruses can transfer genes across the superkingdoms of life

19:00 EST 17 Dec 2017 | AAAS

(Frontiers) A new finds that viruses can transfer genes to organisms that they aren't known to infect, suggesting they can influence and interact with a much wider range of organisms than previously thought. The researchers also found that viruses and cellular organisms share a large group of genes that help cells to function, suggesting that viruses may have an ancient cell-like origin.

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