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Marburg Virus Outbreak information outdated[edit]

This article states that the Marburg Virus outbreak of mid 2000's was the worst hemmoragic fever outbreaks on record. This has now long been eclipsed by the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Africa and should be updated.

http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/134771/1/roadmapsitrep_24Sept2014_eng.pdf?ua=1 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Penetronn (talkcontribs) 18:13, 1 October 2014 (UTC)

I have updated the article as you have suggested, thanks. Graham Colm (talk) 18:30, 1 October 2014 (UTC)

fix sentence[edit]

Article states: In 2011, researchers discovered the then-largest known virus on the ocean floor off the coast of Las Cruces, Chile. Provisionally named Megavirus chilensis, it can be seen with a basic optical microscope...

Assuming the report was not just the "largest on the ocean floor", suggest new sentence:

In 2011, researchers discovered the largest virus then known in samples taken from the ocean floor off the coast of Las Cruces, Chile. Provisionally named Megavirus chilensis, it can be seen with a basic optical microscope...64.26.99.248 (talk) 19:19, 18 December 2014 (UTC)

  • I have changed it to: "In 2011, researchers discovered the largest then known virus in samples of water collected from the ocean floor off the coast of Las Cruces, Chile." Graham Beards (talk) 20:01, 18 December 2014 (UTC)

Earliest use of "viral"[edit]

The article says "The adjective viral dates to 1948", yet GBS throws up several mentions from earlier in the 1940s:

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=%22viral%22&tbs=cdr:1,cd_min:1940,cd_max:1945&tbm=bks

Perhaps "dates to the 1940s" would be better, on available evidence?

109.153.227.136 (talk) 04:03, 30 December 2014 (UTC)

Googlen-gram viewer yielded this, fellas: The Young men's magazine [afterw.] The Association, or ... - 155페이지




https://books.google.co.kr/books?id... - 이 페이지 번역하기

1854 - ‎읽기 The first chapter is devoted to the realms of nature. These are said to be the basal, chemie, floral, faunal, and viral. Bodies at "the bottom foundation of things are called basal. Those combined with caloric, or electricity, or chemie materials, are ... 11:49, 5 February 2015 (UTC)

Replication breakthrough?[edit]

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/02/05/scientists-just-cracked-the-viral-equivalent-of-the-enigma-code/?wpisrc=nl_mix&wpmm=1 211.225.34.159 (talk) 11:46, 5 February 2015 (UTC)

We need to be patient see WP:recent. Graham Beards (talk) 13:54, 5 February 2015 (UTC)

How many is much? Tons or bunches?[edit]

"reaching levels of 250,000,000 bacteriophages per millilitre of seawater."
"A teaspoon of seawater contains about one million viruses."
"There are approximately 4x10**30 phage in oceans or 5x10**7 per millilitre."

As inconsistent as these numbers are, they become unbelievable, yes? Shenme (talk) 02:10, 22 February 2015 (UTC)