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Yellowstone's Hot Springs Host a Bizarre Virus

The researchers found the virus lurking in a bucket of water.
The colored bacteria and microbial mat of Grand Prismatic Spring, the largest in the United States and third largest in the world, in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, on June 22, 2011.
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Yellowstone National Park’s hot springs are more than just evidence of a massive supervolcano brewing deep beneath Earth’s surface. The boiling hot, acidic springs are also home to a unique virus that could one day create medicines targeting specific organs, or even tumors, in the future.

Scientists documented the lemon-shaped virus in a recent study in

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