Megavirus

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Megavirus
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Group I (dsDNA)
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Megavirus chilensis

Megavirus is a virus with a single identified species, Megavirus chilensis (MGVC).[1] It is phylogenetically related to or Mimivirus (APMV).[2]

MGVC is usually referred to as just “Megavirus”. Until the discovery of pandoraviruses in 2013 it had the largest capsid diameter of all known viruses, and the largest and most complex genome among all known viruses.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Arslan D.; et al. (2011). "Distant Mimivirus relative with a larger genome highlights the fundamental features of Megaviridae". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 108 (42): 17486–91. Bibcode:2011PNAS..10817486A. doi:10.1073/pnas.1110889108. PMC 3198346. PMID 21987820.
  2. Raoult D.; et al. (2004). "The 1.2-megabase genome sequence of Mimivirus". Science. 306 (5700): 1344–50. Bibcode:2004Sci...306.1344R. doi:10.1126/science.1101485. PMID 15486256. S2CID 84298461.