Can Viruses Travel Between Planets?

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With the global pandemic of Covid 19 still encompassing the world, we are generally not big fans of viruses right now. But we sure are thinking about them a lot. That’s right, even astrophysicists are pondering these bizarre little critters. In fact, astrovirology, although very new, is actually an emerging subfield of astrobiology. And that’s because it turns out viruses don’t just influence organisms – they’re incredibly important on a planetary scale. Perhaps an interplanetary scale.

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Dr. Vincent Racaniello’s Columbia University virology course:

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