|Algal virus ATCV-1 binding and entering an algal cell.|
ATCV-1 normally infects various species of eukaryotic green algae, and until recently was thought not to infect living humans. However, follow-up studies have confirmed it as a regular member of the pharyngeal virome. No studies have shown demographic concentration of any kind; infection seems to be unbiased. It is unclear how the virus is transmitted, though it has been hypothesized that the virus travels through water, thus putting swimmers and direct associates in more danger than most.
Viruses affect us a lot more than we think. The extent of our ignorance surrounding the human microbiome is staggering – as the next few decades progress, I expect many more findings like this will be released.