The discovery of infectious particles that challenge conventional thoughts concerning “what is a virus” has led to the evolution a new field of study in the past decade. Here, we review knowledge and information concerning “giant viruses”, with a focus not only on some of the best studied systems, but also provide an effort to illuminate systems yet to be better resolved. We conclude by demonstrating that there is an abundance of new host–virus systems that fall into this “giant” category, demonstrating that this field of inquiry presents great opportunities for future research.
Wilhelm, Steven W., Jordan T. Bird, Kyle S. Bonifer, Benjamin C. Calfee, Tian Chen, Samantha R. Coy, P. Jackson Gainer, Eric R. Gann, Huston T. Heatherly, Jasper Lee, Xiaolong Liang, Jiang Liu, April C. Armes, Mohammad Moniruzzaman, J. Hunter Rice, Joshua M. A. Stough, Robert N. Tams, Evan P. Williams, and Gary R. LeCleir, “A Student’s Guide to Giant Viruses Infecting Small Eukaryotes: from Acanthamoeba to Zooxanthellae,” Viruses 9, 3 (2017). http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/v9030046