< Beachapedia:Factoid | 2011 | 08
10 Million Viruses In Every Drop Of Surface Seawater.
- "There are approximately 10 million viruses in every drop of surface seawater, but very few are infectious agents to larger animals like fish, whales, or humans. That’s because almost all of the marine viruses are “phages”—viruses that specifically attack marine bacteria. Marine phages cannot carry out cellular metabolism and must therefore rely on the metabolic machinery of their bacterioplankton hosts to replicate." - excerpt from article at Futurity.org.
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