A pair of startlingly unique viruses twice the size of the largest known viruses have been discovered by a group of French scientists. They have a shape similar to a container, and a completely novel set of genes inside, which made their discoverers associate them with a Pandora’s Box. Most of their genes are novel, and contain code that does unknown things. There is some scientific speculation that these viruses are so unusual that they should be thought of as a new life form entirely.
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