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“The researchers are now trying to determine the viruses’ origins by characterizing the unknown genes and the proteins they encode. They have long suspected that giant viruses evolved from cells; if they are right, the ancestors of Pandoraviruses must have been very different from the bacteria, archaea and eukaryotes we have today. “We think that at some point, the dynasty on Earth was much bigger than those three domains,” says Abergel. Some cells gave rise to modern life, and others survived by parasitizing them and evolving into viruses.”
Guys. GUYS! READ THIS ARTICLE BECAUSE IT’S IMPORTANT AS BALLS! THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT THERE MIGHT BE A NEED TO RECONSIDER THE DOMAINS OF LIFE, AND THAT’S PRETTY DOPE SHIT YO!
THE IDEA THAT THERE EXISTS ORGANISMS THAT SHARE 7% OF OUR GENOME IMPLIES IT IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT LIFE (well, distantly related to us) BUT STILL ITS ALMOST COMPLETELY NEW AND ITS EXCITING AND THIS IS WHY I SCIENCE!
But seriously, if you’re interested in evolutionary biology, this paper is worth a read.
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