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Nature 459, 207-212 (14 May 2009) | doi:10.1038/nature08060; Published online 13 May 2009

Viruses manipulate the marine environment

Forest Rohwer1 & Rebecca Vega Thurber1,2

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Marine viruses affect Bacteria, Archaea and eukaryotic organisms and are major components of the marine food web. Most studies have focused on their role as predators and parasites, but many of the interactions between marine viruses and their hosts are much more complicated. A series of recent studies has shown that viruses have the ability to manipulate the life histories and evolution of their hosts in remarkable ways, challenging our understanding of this almost invisible world.

  1. Department of Biology, San Diego State University, San Diego, California 92182, USA.
  2. Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University, 3000 NE 151st street, North Miami, Florida 33181, USA.

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