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Here There Be Giants: Huge Viruses That Act Like Living Cells, Friday, November 16

Steven Wilhelm, Mossman Professor of Microbiology at UT, will present “Here There Be Giants: Huge Viruses That Act Like Living Cells,” at the next UT Science Forum Friday, November 16.

Since the discovery of the Mimivirus in the mid-2000s, the presence and distribution of “giant viruses” has fascinated scientists around the world. They carry genes and are capable of processes that historically have been attributed only to living cells. Giant viruses have changed how we look at biological events such as gene exchange and genomic evolution. In his presentation, Professor Wilhelm will introduce these microbial marvels and provide new insight into how these viruses may be shaping the world around us on a daily basis.

The UT Science Forum takes place Friday, November 16 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe (located at 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way), Room A.

Guests are encouraged to bring their lunch or purchase it from the arena. Each presentation is followed by a Q&A. The event is free and open to the public.

We have temporary parking passes available for our guests who do not have UT parking passes. An RSVP is required for the pass. To request a pass, please email Amanda Womac. If you would like to receive a permit by US mail in advance of the meeting, please send an email before 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 13 and include your mailing address.