1. Viruses at Large in the Universe

    Composite image sources: Creative Commons, NASA. Image credit: None
    Composite image sources: Creative Commons, NASA.

    In a recent paper published in Astrobiology, Kenneth Stedman, professor of biology at Portland State University and Chair of the Astrobiology Virus Focus Group supported by the NASA Astrobiology Institute, and his colleagues point to the significance of viruses in the evolution of life on Earth, making a case for studying viruses in space and the role viruses might play as biomarkers in the search for life beyond our planet.

    “Astrovirology: Viruses at Large in the Universe” provides a comprehensive review of virology and the state of astrovirology, and aims to inspire stronger integration of virus research in the future of astrobiology.

    A press release is available through Portland State University.

    Source: [Astrobiology (via PSU)]