Abundance of RNA viruses in seawater
What is it about?
In this paper we estimated the relative abundance of RNA viruses in coastal seawater and concluded that they are as abundant as DNA viruses.
Why is it important?
It has been assumed that most viruses in seawater infect bacteria (i.e., are bacteriophages), and that most of those bacteriophages contain DNA. From this it seemed to follow that most viruses in seawater would have DNA genomes. Our data provide the first evidence that RNA viruses, which almost exclusively infect protists rather than bacteria, are equally abundant.
The following have contributed to this page: Professor Grieg F Steward and Dr Alexander I Culley