In a lake in Brazil, researchers have discovered a virus called Yaravirus that has a “puzzling origin and phylogeny“
- The Yaravirus infects amoeba and has genes that have not been described before, something that could challenge how DNA viruses are classified. Over 90% of the Yaravirus’s genome has not been observed before
- Because of the Yaravirus’s small size, it was unlike other viruses that infect amoeba and they named it as a tribute to Yara, the “mother of waters” in the mythological stories of the Tupi-Guarani indigenous tribes.
- The virus does not infect human cells.
- Although it is only now that the virus has been identified, the researchers believe that it has been present on Earth for ages.
Source : Indian Express