Origin of tailed phages

Range ≥3.5–3.7 Billion years old
Organism Virus
Reference Weinbauer MG. Ecology of prokaryotic viruses. FEMS Microbiol Rev. 2004 May28(2):127-81. p.138 left column 2nd paragraphPubMed ID15109783
Primary Source Ackermann HW. Tailed bacteriophages: the order caudovirales. Adv Virus Res. 1998 51: 135-201. Review.PubMed ID9891587
Comments "The origin of tailed phages occurred before the separation of life into the three domains Bacteria, Archaea and Eukarya, and tailed phages are probably at least 3.5–3.7 billion years old [primary source]."
Entered by Uri M
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