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How Scientists Discovered 85,000 Viral Species in Leftover Data

[Phage viruses attempt to infect a cell. Image via Wikimedia Commons.] In 2015, the largest database of genetic information in the world– the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)–had complete genomes for 45,000 species of bacteria–but only 2,200 genomes from viruses. Viruses outnumber bacteria┬áin every habitat researchers have sampled. In fact, they outnumber stars in …