Penguin megrivirus, a novel picornavirus from an Adélie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae)
The complete genome sequence of a novel megrivirus of the family Picornaviridae was determined from nucleic acid extracted from a pool of six faecal specimens of Adélie penguins. The samples were collected near Bellingshausen Station, King George Island of the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica. Penguin megrivirus is the first megrivirus with a predicted L protein. It has an L-3-5-4 genome layout, a type IV IRES, and a long 3’ untranslated region of 668 nt.
The authors thank M.-C. Rümmler and M. Senf for sample collection, and C.U.T. Hellen for helpful discussion. Sample collection of the 2014/15 campaign was approved by the Umweltbundesamt (Permission No. Peter_94003-3_338). H.-U. P. received funding from the Umweltbundesamt (Grant No. FKZ 3712 87 100).
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No experimental work with animals or humans was done in this study.
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