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Microbial oceanography

Viral strategies at sea

The finding that marine environments with high levels of host microbes have fewer viruses per host than when host abundance is low challenges a theory on the relative roles of lysogenic and lytic viral-survival strategies. See Article p.466

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Figure 1: Marine microbes and their viruses.

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