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buy canada goose jacket Scientists have surmised there is a canada goose outlet chicago stream of viruses circling the planet, above the planet’s weather systems but below the level of airline travel. Very little is known about this realm, and that’s why the number of deposited viruses stunned the team in Spain. Each day, they calculated, some 800 million viruses cascade onto every square meter of the planet.

canada goose coats on sale “Unimpeded by friction with the surface of the Earth, you can travel great distances, and so intercontinental travel is quite easy” for viruses, said Curtis Suttle, a marine virologist at the University of British Columbia. “It wouldn’t be unusual to find things swept up in Africa being deposited in North America.”

Generally it’s assumed these canada goose store viruses originate on the planet and are swept upward, but some researchers theorize that viruses actually may originate in the canada goose coats on sale atmosphere. (There is a small group of researchers who believe viruses may even have come here from outer space, an idea known as panspermia.)

canadian goose jacket Whatever the case, viruses are the most abundant entities on the planet by far. While Dr. Suttle’s canada goose factory sale team found hundreds of millions of viruses in a square meter, they counted tens of millions of bacteria in uk canada goose the same space.

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Canada Goose sale Last year, three experts called for a new initiative to better understand viral ecology, especially as the planet changes. “Viruses modulate the function and evolution of all living things,” wrote Matthew B. Sullivan of Ohio State, Joshua Weitz of Canada Goose Parka Georgia Tech, and Steven W. Wilhelm of the University of Tennessee. “But to what extent remains a mystery.”

Viruses reproduce by attaching to a bacterium and injecting their own genes. The virus injects its own DNA into the host; sometimes those new genes are useful to the host and become part of its genome.

Researchers recently identified an ancient virus that inserted its DNA into the genomes of four limbed animals that were human ancestors. That snippet of genetic code, called ARC, is part of the nervous system of modern humans and plays a role in human consciousness nerve communication, memory formation and higher order thinking. Between 40 percent and 80 percent of the human genome may be canadian goose jacket linked to ancient viral invasions.

canada goose coats Viruses and their prey are also big players in the world’s ecosystems. Much research now is aimed at factoring their processes into our understanding of how the planet works.

Canada Goose online “If you could weigh all the living material in the oceans, 95 percent of it is stuff is you can’t canada goose clearance see, and they are responsible for supplying half the oxygen on the planet,” Dr. Suttle said.

cheap Canada Goose In laboratory canada goose clearance sale experiments, canada goose black friday sale he has filtered viruses out of seawater but left their prey, bacteria. When that happens, plankton in the water stop growing. That’s because when preying viruses infect and take out one species of microbe they are very specific predators they liberate nutrients in them, such as nitrogen, that feed other species of bacteria. In the same way, an elk killed by a wolf becomes food for ravens, coyotes cheap canada goose uk and other species. As plankton grow, they take in carbon dioxide and create oxygen.

Canada Goose Parka One study estimated that viruses in the ocean cause a trillion trillion infections every second, destroying some 20 percent of all bacterial cells in the sea daily.

Viruses help keep ecosystems in balance by changing the composition of microbial communities. As toxic algae blooms spread in the ocean, for example, they are brought to heel by a virus that attacks the algae and causes it to explode and die, ending the outbreak in as little as a day.

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canada goose black friday sale West Nile virus has changed the composition of bird communities in much of the United States, killing crows and favoring ravens, some researchers say. Multiple extinctions of birds in Hawaii are predicted as the mosquito borne avipoxvirus spreads into mountain forests where Canada Goose Online it was once too cold for mosquitoes to live.

When species disappear, the changes can ripple through an ecosystem. A textbook example is a viral disease called rinderpest.

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“It infected antelope, it infected canada goose uk shop wildebeest and other large grazers across cheap Canada Goose the whole ecosystem,” said Peter Daszak, the president of Ecohealth Alliance, which is working on a global project to catalog viruses likely to pass from animals to humans.

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