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HTVC010P is a virus which was discovered by Stephen Giovannoni and colleagues at Oregon State University. The Economist reports that a February 2013 paper in Nature says that "it probably really is the commonest organism on the planet". It is a bacteriophage that infects the extremely abundant bacteria Pelagibacter ubique of the SAR11 clade.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ "Flea market: A newly discovered virus may be the most abundant organism on the planet". The Economist. 16 February 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Zhao, Y.; Temperton, B.; Thrash, J. C.; Schwalbach, M. S.; Vergin, K. L.; Landry, Z. C.; Ellisman, M.; Deerinck, T.; Sullivan, M. B.; Giovannoni, S. J. (2013). "Abundant SAR11 viruses in the ocean". Nature. 494 (7437): 357–360. doi:10.1038/nature11921. PMID 23407494. 
  3. ^ Kirchman, D. L. (2013). "Microbial oceanography: Killers of the winners". Nature. 494 (7437): 320–1. doi:10.1038/nature11951. PMID 23407493.