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The brief review is devoted to description of the discovery of giant viruses belonging to the families of Mimiviridae and Marseilleviridae, as well as unassigned genera Pithoviruses, Pandoravirus, and Molliviruses. The review presents issues of their origin, evolution, and molecular-biological characteristics.

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D. K. Lvov

National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology named after the honorary academician N.F. Gamaleya

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Russian Federation

T. E. Sizikova

48 Central Scientific Research Institute

Russian Federation

V. N. Lebedev

48 Central Scientific Research Institute

Russian Federation

S. V. Borisevich

48 Central Scientific Research Institute

Russian Federation


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