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Researchers Sequence Bacteriophage G

NEW YORK, May 21 – Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh announced Wednesday the sequencing of the largest known virus, a bacteriophage known as “G,” according to a statement issued by the American Society for Microbiology, which is meeting this week in Washington, DC.

G is a virus that infects bacteria and contains 684 genes, 67 protein coding open reading frames, and 17 tRNA genes, the researchers have determined.

The sequencing and analysis were performed under the direction of Roger Hendrix and Graham Hatfull at the Pittsburgh Bacteriophage Institute of the University of Pittsburgh, under a grant from the National Institutes of Health.
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