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Jun 30, 2020 4:27 AM
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So I woke at 4 AM last night wondering:

With 10,000,000 viruses per ml of seawater, why aren’t there organisms that eat viruses?


It’s still viruses, but it was as close to waking up at 4 AM not thinking about COVID as I’ve come in five months and it was really nice.


Now there are virophages, but I’m not convinced that they count.

But I just did a bit of googling, and sponges (the animals) seem to remove viruses from seawater, and may (?) even be eating them. That’s badass.

Can anyone tell me more?


h/t @itsme_leclerc

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-61691-y