Viruses are some of the smallest life forms on planet earth, and new ones come out of nowhere, scaring a lot of people, just like the latest coronavirus.
As people are completely devastated by the coronavirus, a new form of virus is currently causing researchers to scratch their heads.
The mysterious virus that was discovered has no recognizable gene, which means we can’t trace or find where it came from.
The virus was collected from amoebae in an artificial lake in Brazil.
The researchers that found the virus named it as “Yaravirus”, after Yara, also known as “Iara”, meaning “mother of all waters”.
When researchers sequenced the yaravirus genome, the process of determining the complete DNA sequence which makes up an organism, they found out that 9- percent of it was formed of the genes that had never been found before.
Writing in the open-access bioRxiv biological sciences website, the team that examined the mysterious virus, they said, “Here we report the discovery of Yaravirus, a new lineage of the amoebal virus with a puzzling origin and phylogeny.”
Jônatas Abra, a virologist at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil said the results showed that the human race a lot of things to know and understand about viruses.
Some of the genes of the mysterious virus are like those in a giant virus, but it is still unclear how the 2 viruses are related.
Abra and his colleagues are now trying to find out the other features of the mysterious virus’s existence.
One scientist unconnected with the study said the findings can be a new “reassure chest” of previously unseen biochemical processes.
Some viruses that we find help living organisms stay healthy, others are essential for keeping ecosystems running health, but some are existing to be deadly.
Curtis Suttle, an environmental virologist from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, said, “We could not survive without [them]. There are enormous benefits to the discovery and characterization of viruses.”