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The Quest for Extraterrestrial Life: What About the Viruses?

Overview of attention for article published in Astrobiology, August 2013
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (96th percentile)
  • Good Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (78th percentile)

Mentioned by

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3 news outlets
twitter
11 tweeters
facebook
1 Facebook page
wikipedia
7 Wikipedia pages
googleplus
1 Google+ user

Citations

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18 Dimensions

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55 Mendeley
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Title
The Quest for Extraterrestrial Life: What About the Viruses?
Published in
Astrobiology, August 2013
DOI 10.1089/ast.2012.0959
Pubmed ID
Authors

Dale Warren Griffin

Abstract

Recently, viruses have been recognized as the most numerous entities and the primary drivers of evolution on Earth. Historically, viruses have been mostly ignored in the field of astrobiology due to the view that they are not alive in the classical sense and if encountered would not present risk due to their host-specific nature. What we currently know of viruses is that we are most likely to encounter them on other life-bearing planets; that while some are exquisitely host-specific, many viruses can utilize hundreds of different host species; that viruses are known to exist in our planet's most extreme environments; and that while many do not survive long outside their hosts, some can survive for extended periods, especially in the cold. In our quest for extraterrestrial life, we should be looking for viruses; and while any encountered may pose no risk, the possibility of an encounter with a virus capable of accessing multiple cell types exists, and any prospective contact with such an organism should be treated accordingly.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Brazil 2 4%
France 1 2%
Canada 1 2%
Mexico 1 2%
Russia 1 2%
United States 1 2%
Unknown 48 87%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 18 33%
Student > Bachelor 10 18%
Student > Ph. D. Student 9 16%
Professor 4 7%
Student > Doctoral Student 3 5%
Other 6 11%
Unknown 5 9%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 20 36%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 7 13%
Physics and Astronomy 5 9%
Chemistry 4 7%
Medicine and Dentistry 3 5%
Other 10 18%
Unknown 6 11%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 41. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 01 February 2022.
All research outputs
#811,594
of 21,986,946 outputs
Outputs from Astrobiology
#196
of 1,252 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#6,874
of 175,794 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Astrobiology
#5
of 19 outputs
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