Science Visualized Life A fantastical world of potential giant viruses lurks beneath the soil Haircut. Gorgon. Turtle. These all describe shapes of newfound viruslike particles In the loamy soil of Harvard Forest in Massachusetts, scientists have uncovered a new world of potential giant viruses (some pictured in these microscope images), many in unusual shapes. M.G. Fischer, U. Mersdorf and J.L. Blanchard/bioRxiv.org 2023 Share this:EmailFacebookTwitterPinterestPocketRedditPrint By Meghan Rosen August 4, 2023 at 7:00 am Giant viruses may try out all sorts of funky lewks. New images reveal the varied — and sometimes whimsical — shapes of hundreds of potential soil-dwelling giant viruses.