Scientists find viruses that don’t have genes

Viruses are one of the most mysterious organisms on Earth and one of the smallest forms of life, and since they cannot survive and reproduce without a host, it is debatable whether they belong to biological scientists. Now, scientists report finding a virus that doesn’t have an identifiable gene, suggesting that our understanding of the virus is still far from adequate.

The virus was discovered when the virus was found while searching for a giant bacterial-sized virus, said virologist J?natas Abrah?o of the Federal University of Minas Gerais.

In a local man-made lake, he and colleagues discovered a new giant virus and a strange virus named Yaravirus.

Scientists find viruses that don't have genes

The team sequenced Yaravirus’s genome and found that no known genes could be matched. Their report is published on the preprinted website bioRxiv.