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Researchers Found Mystifying Virus in Brazil


The latest discovery in a human-made lake in Brazil has amazed researchers. While studying the lake, an international team of scientists has found a new species of viruses. Lake Pampulha is the artificial lake present in Belo Horizonte, a city of Brazil. There the scientists have found the organism which has no identifiable genes. The team has dubbed the virus as the Yaravirus. The virus has gained its name from a mermaid-queen character belonging to Brazilian mythology, Yara. Well, the virus is not a supernatural warning. The organism could exhibit to be just as mystifying as the water spirit of a legend. According to the researchers, the virus comprises of a new extraction of the amoebal virus along with a mystifying basis and evolution.

In the previous month, the researchers have released a paper on bioRxiv, a preprint server. In the finding, the team has detailed its analysis of the latest species of virus. After analyzing the genome of the virus, the researchers have found 90% of its genes remain unrecorded. In other terms, scientists have not yet detailed more than half of the genes present in the organism. Reportedly, only half-a-dozen of its genes moderately look similar to formerly estimated viral genes present in public evidence data. The researchers said the left 68 genes do not match the existing database, and they are entirely new. Even more, Yanavirus does not seem to be a giant one, as it comprises of tiny 80-nm sized particles. But a notable aspect of that makes it different from others is, the virus has a unique genome.

The exposure of an almost unique virus might seem notably worrying, currently citing the ongoing coronavirus epidemic. Reportedly, the 2019-nCoV or novel strain of coronavirus has killed more than 900 people since December. But it is regular for researchers to discover new genes or viruses. Notably, the number of various types of viruses researchers know in the world’s ocean has increased between the years 2016-2019. It also means that scientists across the globe have discovered 180,506 new species of organisms between the period.