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posted by mrpg on Saturday July 31, @07:28PM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the china...viruses... dept.

China scientists discover giant viruses in the deepest place on Earth:

The first known batch of viruses retrieved from the deepest point in the Mariana Trench includes giant species bigger than some bacterium, according to a research team in Shanghai.

The many legends of giant sea creatures have been largely debunked because of the challenges to large, complex life forms at the greatest ocean depths.

But the researchers discovered several giant viral species, including mimiviruses – which typically use amoeba as their hosts – in sediments taken from a seabed nearly 11,000 metres (36,000 feet) below sea level at Challenger Deep.


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  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 31, @08:05PM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 31, @08:05PM (#1161778)

    it was mailed in from their lab.

    • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Saturday July 31, @08:14PM (1 child)

      by Gaaark (41) on Saturday July 31, @08:14PM (#1161779) Journal

      No, silly: the bats dove down and got it and spread it to humans that way!

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    • (Score: 5, Funny) by Tork on Saturday July 31, @08:18PM (1 child)

      by Tork (3914) on Saturday July 31, @08:18PM (#1161782)
      If the lab really wanted to know what these viruses could do they could just send a sample to Florida.
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      • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 31, @11:33PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 31, @11:33PM (#1161806)

        All Tork! [ultimatemovierankings.com] No balls!

  • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Saturday July 31, @08:17PM (1 child)

    by Gaaark (41) on Saturday July 31, @08:17PM (#1161781) Journal

    If there are Mimiviruses, then we need an Oswald and Lewis vaccine.

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by weilawei on Saturday July 31, @09:25PM (7 children)

    by weilawei (109) on Saturday July 31, @09:25PM (#1161788) Homepage
    Let's do the time warp again! Fuuck me. Please, stop retrieving novel viruses and bringing them to human population centers.
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 31, @09:48PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 31, @09:48PM (#1161792)

      Please, stop retrieving novel viruses and bringing them to human population centers.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvdf5n-zI14 [youtube.com]

    • (Score: 2) by Beryllium Sphere (r) on Sunday August 01, @12:06AM (4 children)

      by Beryllium Sphere (r) (5062) on Sunday August 01, @12:06AM (#1161809)

      Why do you believe there's a risk of an amoeba-targeting virus infecting humans, and of it causing illness?

      • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Sunday August 01, @01:10AM

        by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Sunday August 01, @01:10AM (#1161820) Journal

        Are you able to offer an argument towards the impossibility of such a scenario?

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      • (Score: 2) by Reziac on Sunday August 01, @03:21AM

        by Reziac (2489) on Sunday August 01, @03:21AM (#1161858) Homepage

        Certain amoeba can infect the human brain, tho that's not where they'd normally live.

        https://www.livescience.com/22626-brain-eating-amoeba-neti-pots.html [livescience.com]

        Occurs to me to wonder if such a virus could alter the amoeba's behavior, perhaps like... this.

      • (Score: 2) by pe1rxq on Sunday August 01, @08:51AM

        by pe1rxq (844) on Sunday August 01, @08:51AM (#1161915) Homepage

        Humans might be safe. Trump voters probably not....

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 03, @12:12AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 03, @12:12AM (#1162511)

        Because the Chinese eat anything they can get their hands on?

        ...Sorry couldn't resist, bad taste joke or is it a joke in bad taste?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 01, @01:06AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 01, @01:06AM (#1161818)

      Why not? This is how you make the humanity evolve resistant to more viruses.

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by PinkyGigglebrain on Saturday July 31, @09:44PM

    by PinkyGigglebrain (4458) on Saturday July 31, @09:44PM (#1161791)

    The many legends of giant sea creatures have been largely debunked because of the challenges to large, complex life forms at the greatest ocean depths.

    If one ignores Architeuthis dux [wikipedia.org] and Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni [wikipedia.org].

    Of course they aren't Kaijus [wikipedia.org] so I guess they don't count.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 31, @11:57PM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 31, @11:57PM (#1161807)

    You'd think they learned their lesson.

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by c0lo on Sunday August 01, @01:08AM (2 children)

      by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Sunday August 01, @01:08AM (#1161819) Journal

      Yeap, they learned the lesson good. This is how you push the US economy lower and cause infighting there. (large grin)

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 01, @10:45AM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 01, @10:45AM (#1161929)

        But the pink-hairs are already doing that for them.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 01, @10:53AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 01, @10:53AM (#1161931)

          You got it wrong, it's the green-hairs

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 01, @02:47AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 01, @02:47AM (#1161848)
      That they can manage such stuff a lot better than the USA or the NATO countries?
  • (Score: 1) by Coligny on Sunday August 01, @02:15AM (1 child)

    by Coligny (2200) on Sunday August 01, @02:15AM (#1161838)

    Not this sh1t again …

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 01, @12:22PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 01, @12:22PM (#1161940)

      So you think all reasearch on viruses should stop? How would that help. You've committed a hasty generalisation - some bd therefore all bad. Please evolve a less binary brain.

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