(CNN)There are nearly 200,000 species of viruses in the world's oceans, about 12 times more than scientists previously knew existed.
The world's oceans have nearly 200,000 viral species -- about 12 times more than previously known
That's just one of the discoveries in a new study published in the journal Cell on Thursday. The research, led by scientists at the Ohio State University, has wide-ranging implications, from evolution to biotechnology to climate change.
Matthew Sullivan, a microbiologist at the Ohio State University and one of the study's authors, called it a road map to understanding how viruses affect ecosystems in the ocean.
"Having that road map helps us do a lot of the things we'd be interested in to better understand the ocean and, I hate to say it, but maybe to have to engineer the ocean at some point to combat climate change," Sullivan told CNN.
The study revealed that viruses are organ