‘The Exoplanet Variant’ -Viruses may Form a Vital Part of Ecosystems on Alien Planets

 

Extraterrestrial Viruses

 

Enigmatic viruses –not living, yet not dead–help create, protect and transform the universe, observed Carl Zimmer in his classic A Planet of Viruses. Viruses, he notes, have had a huge impact on the history of all life on Earth–their population of Earth’s Oceans would stretch out into space 42 million light years.

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