A Battle We Need To Live On Forever
By: Austin Weathers
Coccolithophores vs. Viruses
One way they fight off viruses is when one coccolithophore gets infected they send a signal to the other coccolithophores to warn them about the enemy attack that is soon to come. Another way they help stop virus attacks is that when they know a virus is coming they turn scaly which prevents the virus from attacking them. The reason they don't stay scaly forever is because when they are scaly they can't be and function the best way possible. The last resort for a coccolithophore is suicide. For example, if they see a virus coming and they can't act quickly they will kill themselves. Although, viruses have done this for so long that they've figured out how to slow this process down.