Viruses are considered one of Earth’s most abundant organisms – about 10 to 100 times more plentiful than anything else on Earth. But they’re also one of the least understood.
One team of scientists think that other planets could be teeming with these cellular organisms. Since viruses are often believed to have played a role in the formation of life on Earth, studying this could be a crucial component in the search for alien life. But currently, there’s no research to understand if or how these organisms might exist outside of Earth’s atmosphere.
“More than a century has passed since the discovery of the first viruses. Entering the second century of virology, we can finally start focusing beyond our own planet,” Ken Stedman, a biology professor at Portland State University, said in a statement.
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