An international research project published in Nature Communications some months ago heralded the discovery of 44 new viruses existing on the surface of the Mediterranean Sea, and in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean.
An international team of scientists has discovered 44 new types of marine virus. The sorting of individual viral particles, and the sequencing of their genomes, facilitated the find, published in the journal Nature Communications.
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No one can question the advancements represented by DNA sequencing. The contribution made by technological cores specialized in genomics has made possible the first molecular consensus on colorectal cancer. The arrival of a new technique, especially if it is as innovative and revolutionary as this one, always implies the abandonment of other technologies.
“Sorting individual viral particles makes it possible to identify and sequence the genomes of viruses one by one,” states Òscar Fornàs, head of the Flow Cytometry Unit of Pompeu Fabra University and the Centre for Genomic Regulation. The goal behind this new application is to be able to know any type of virus present on Earth. In fact, as Fornàs tells Biocores, “we estimate that we only know 1% of the viruses that exist on the planet.”