Scientists Discover 1.5 Billion-Year-Old “Giant” Viruses In Yellowstone

Scientists have discovered ancient giant viruses in Yellowstone National Park, dating back approximately 1.5 billion years. These viruses, which have much larger genes than typical viruses, offer significant insights into early life on Earth. Found through DNA analysis from hot springs, these giant viruses help researchers understand the environmental conditions and biological processes of early single-cell organisms. Despite not being harmful to humans, their study reveals crucial information about the origins and evolution of life.

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