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Arms race in a drop of sea water

Marine cyanobacteria can shrug off viral assault by inactivating the genes involved in virus attachment. But this strategy has a cost: it may affect cell fitness or even favour infection by other viruses. See Article p.604

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Figure 1: Transmission electron micrograph of a marine podovirus.

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Partensky, F., Garczarek, L. Arms race in a drop of sea water. Nature 474, 582–583 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1038/474582a

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