Could mankind be descending from a giant virus?
Mimivirus (for microbe mimicking virus), published in Nature in 2003, is the first member of a family of unsuspected organisms, all astonishing by their size, genes and performances – one of them has survived 30,000 years in the Siberian permafrost. These giant viruses seem to fill the gap between the viral world and the living cell world.
Do they represent a new branch of life on our planet? Were their distant ancestors living creatures? Could mankind be descending from a giant virus?
An unknown world comes up to light. A field of new research is opening.