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"Virovores" discovered

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Along with carnivores and herbivores we now have virovores - organisms that eat viruses.


Since viruses are found absolutely everywhere, it’s inevitable that organisms will consume them incidentally. But researcher John DeLong at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln wanted to find out if any microbes actively ate viruses, and whether such a diet could support the physiological growth of individual organisms and the growth of a community. 

Experiments showed that a microbe known as Halteria favoured eating a virus. Additional studies will look for more virovores.


https://newatlas.com/science/first-virovore-eats-viruses/



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IdeaSpies @ 2023.01.10 2:48 AM
Interesting that viruses are "made up of really good stuff: nucleic acids, a lot of nitrogen and phosphorous".


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