A new virus discovered in Marseille! In the midst of the covid-19 crisis, the article published last June in Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences went almost unnoticed. The discovery by researchers from the University of Minas Gerais in Brazil and the IHU Méditerranée Infection is nevertheless at the top of the “scientific information of the year 2020” of the very respectable weekly Science. It was while chasing giant viruses that Jônatas Abrahão accidentally discovered in an artificial lake in Pampulha, near Belo Horizonte in Brazil, the Yaravirus (named after a water deity), a virus that infects amoeba no gene was known to date. Professor Bernard La Scola who unearthed the world of giant viruses in 2003 is a c
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