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Virus hunters stalk through genome and ID new disease associated viral family

from Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine have identified a previously unknown family of small circular DNA viruses that they claim represents the second most abundant DNA virus in the human lung and mouth. The new virus family has been given the name Redondoviridae — from the Spanish word “redondo”, which means round. The team’s studies found elevated levels of redondovirus DNA in lung specimens from critically ill patients in intensive care units, and also in mouth samples from patients with untreated gum disease. more

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