China scientists discover giant viruses in the deepest place on Earth



The first known batch of viruses retrieved from the deepest point in the Mariana Trench includes giant species bigger than some bacterium, according to a research team in Shanghai.The many legends of giant sea creatures have been largely debunked because of the challenges to large, complex life forms at the greatest ocean depths.But the researchers discovered several giant viral species, including mimiviruses – which typically use amoeba as their hosts – in sediments taken from a seabed nearly…