A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room in Maryland discovered six vials of the highly dangerous smallpox virus lying packed and forgotten in a cardboard box for decades, the Associated Press reported .
Scientists have crossed two strains of avian flu virus to create one that can be transmitted through the air
This picture shows the genome of Megavirus chilensisa, the previous record holder for largest virus, with 1,200 genes. Two newly discovered viruses are twice as large as the previous record-holders and may represent a completely new life form. Meanwhile, the majority of viruses may be good guys that sow genetic diversity among Earth's life forms. Perhaps viruses are spreading the wealth. It is a way that nature has devised to spread the wealth of genetic information.