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Giant Viruses: UMass Scientists Make Exciting Discovery in Massachusetts Forest

WGBY Connecting Point: UMass Amherst biologists who study climate change say they’ve discovered 16 previously unidentified giant viruses in a western Massachusetts forest. It might sound ominous, but Professor Jeffrey Blanchard said it is an exciting discovery, which they are still uncovering the significance of. Blanchard spoke with Carrie Saldo about what they found in a forest in Petersham and what surprised them about the discovery.