Evolution: The Long Evolutionary Reach of Viruses

Curr Biol. 1999 Dec 16-30;9(24):R914-7. doi: 10.1016/s0960-9822(00)80103-7.


The structure of a phage capsid protein provides good evidence this phage shares ancestry with an animal virus. In this and similar cases, either the viral lineages predate the emergence of the three contemporary domains of life, or viruses have been leaping the phylogenetic chasms that separate the domains.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biological Evolution*
  • Capsid / chemistry
  • Capsid / genetics
  • Models, Molecular
  • Phylogeny
  • Protein Conformation
  • Viruses / genetics*