Thousands of new viruses discovered in the world’s oceans

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More than 5,000 new types of viruses have been identified in the world’s oceans, according to a new study.

Study researchers analyzed tens of thousands of water samples from around the world, looking for RNA viruses or viruses using RNA as hereditary material. The new coronavirus, for example, is a type of RNA virus. These viruses are studied in comparison with DNA viruses which use DNA As genetic material, the authors said.

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