'Black Smoker' Viruses Steal Genes from Their Pals

May 1, 2014 6:14 PM

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'Black Smoker' Viruses Steal Genes from Their Pals

Two "black smokers" vent super-heated, mineral-rich water in the Lau Basin in the western Pacific Ocean. Water samples collected by an unmanned submarine revealed how viruses hijack deep-sea bacteria at hydrothermal vents.

Deep-sea viruses may hijack the genes they then use to super-charge bacteria in an effort to generate more viruses, researchers say.

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