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Pitt biologists find 'surprising' number of unknown viruses in sewage
University of Pittsburgh ^ | October 5, 2011 | Unknown

Posted on 10/05/2011 4:59:23 PM PDT by decimon

Researchers developed new computational tools to characterize viruses; published this week in mBio

Though viruses are the most abundant life form on Earth, our knowledge of the viral universe is limited to a tiny fraction of the viruses that likely exist. In a paper published this week in the online journal mBio, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Barcelona found that raw sewage is home to thousands of novel, undiscovered viruses, some of which could relate to human health.

There are roughly 1.8 million species of organisms on our planet, and each one is host to untold numbers of unique viruses, but only about 3,000 have been identified to date. To explore this diversity and to better characterize the unknown viruses, Professor James Pipas, Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences Roger Hendrix, and Assistant Professor Michael Grabe, all of the Department of Biological Sciences in Pitt's Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, are developing new techniques to look for novel viruses in unique places around the world.

With coauthors David Wang and Guoyan Zhao of Washington University in St. Louis and Rosina Girones of the University of Barcelona, the team searched for the genetic signatures of viruses present in raw sewage from North America, Europe, and Africa.

In the paper, titled "Raw Sewage Harbors Diverse Viral Populations," the researchers report detecting signatures from 234 known viruses that represent 26 different families of viruses. This makes raw sewage home to the most diverse array of viruses yet found.

"What was surprising was that the vast majority of viruses we found were viruses that had not been detected or described before," says Hendrix.

(Excerpt) Read more at eurekalert.org ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Science
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; microbiology

1 posted on 10/05/2011 4:59:24 PM PDT by decimon
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To: neverdem; DvdMom; grey_whiskers; Ladysmith; Roos_Girl; Silentgypsy; conservative cat; ...

Ping


2 posted on 10/05/2011 5:01:12 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

For later.


3 posted on 10/05/2011 5:02:02 PM PDT by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: decimon

Makes one real happy they dump raw sewage on fields as fertilizer doesn’t it. :-)


4 posted on 10/05/2011 5:04:47 PM PDT by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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To: decimon

Technically, viruses are not alive.


5 posted on 10/05/2011 5:17:23 PM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: decimon

There are jobs American’s won’t do and this should be one of ‘em. I blab about this before checking to see who the scientist is. Eeeeeewwwww !


6 posted on 10/05/2011 5:30:24 PM PDT by chiller ( Obama is nothing more than a professional money launderer)
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To: decimon

They could probably find all that and more in the rectums of those at any garden variety gay club.


7 posted on 10/05/2011 5:40:40 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: decimon

When Marc Brunel’s tunnel under the Thames was being bored, the number of viruses in that river of slop must have been staggering. No wonder “tunnel sickness” took many forms.


8 posted on 10/05/2011 5:47:04 PM PDT by niteowl77 ("Romneycare," he said as he turned and walked away.)
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To: decimon

Disgusting. Very interesting and useful to science, but disgusting.


9 posted on 10/05/2011 5:52:29 PM PDT by dinodino
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To: Average Al
... raw sewage on fields ...

That's been done for thousands of years. I suppose you also worry about drinking water because of what fish do in it.

10 posted on 10/05/2011 6:05:28 PM PDT by slowhandluke (It's hard to be cynical enough in this age.)
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To: exDemMom
Technically, viruses are not alive.

Tell that to them the next time you get a cold. ;-)

11 posted on 10/05/2011 6:10:37 PM PDT by decimon
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Thanks decimon.
...signatures from 234 known viruses that represent 26 different families of viruses...
Demwits will be trying to collect those signatures ASAP, and Republicans will do *nothing*. /s

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


12 posted on 10/05/2011 6:18:38 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv; decimon

NOW I KNOW what mom meant when she told me ESAD!!! THANKS MOM!!!


13 posted on 10/05/2011 6:25:01 PM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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To: decimon

You know what they say. Lay down with sewers and wake up with viruses. Or, maybe it was Lay down with viruses and wake up in a sewer?

I get so confused.


14 posted on 10/05/2011 6:30:40 PM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: slowhandluke

fish doo pathogens probably aren’t dangerous to humans.
fields enfeced with night soil are. you wouldn’t believe
the skin sores on Viet farmers...


15 posted on 10/05/2011 6:55:56 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: bigheadfred
NOW I KNOW what mom meant when she told me ESAD!!!

Did she serve meatloaf much?

16 posted on 10/05/2011 6:56:11 PM PDT by decimon
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To: SunkenCiv

Oh, Great!


17 posted on 10/05/2011 8:33:21 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Notice how the Democrat party is all Democratic now)
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To: slowhandluke
"That's been done for thousands of years. I suppose you also worry about drinking water because of what fish do in it."

OK, we'll divert it over to your yard!

18 posted on 10/06/2011 2:46:57 AM PDT by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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To: Average Al

That’s why I don’t eat produce from Mexico.


19 posted on 10/06/2011 8:19:05 AM PDT by Roos_Girl (The world is full of educated derelicts. - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: Roos_Girl

Yep, they don’t even want cured human sewage to be used on golf courses anymore.


20 posted on 10/06/2011 10:06:46 AM PDT by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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To: Average Al

Yeah, the “Hole In One” could end up being “Ebola”.


21 posted on 10/06/2011 10:13:05 AM PDT by Squeeky ("Truth is so rare that it is delightful to tell it. " Emily Dickinson)
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To: decimon; SunkenCiv
Your father and I knew you would end up this way. You could have been a doctor or lawyer, but noooooo, you wanted to look for viruses in . . . .
22 posted on 10/06/2011 11:51:33 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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23 posted on 10/06/2011 12:28:03 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: Squeeky

Lol!


24 posted on 10/06/2011 12:32:56 PM PDT by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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To: colorado tanker

The scientific names for these virii should all contain “kaka”. Maybe in Latin though.


25 posted on 10/06/2011 3:27:31 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Raw Sewage Harbors Diverse Viral Populations

Oh, the diversity!

26 posted on 10/07/2011 12:20:14 AM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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