Pandoravirus found in La Trobe Uni pond

One of the largest viruses known to science has been found in a shallow pond in Melbourne.

Discovered by French researchers, the giant virus is likely to prompt fresh questions about the origins and evolution of life on Earth.

It indicates huge discoveries remain to be made at the most fundamental level that may change our [understanding of] the origin of life. 

Unlike anything seen before, the virus has led to the creation of an entirely new virus family. The new genus has been named after the Pandora’s Box myth, due to its potential for far-reaching scientific consequences.