Timeline highlighting some hallmarks of mimivirus and related topics. Interest on the subject “Mimivirus”, “Poxvirus”, “Phycodnavirus” and “Asfarvirus” as a research terms in Google Search, over time. The incidence of the research for these subjects in Google Search was obtained by the use of Google Trends tool (http://www.google.com/trends/). The graphics depict relative interest over time (%). The values are in comparison to the highest number of searches at a given occasion (see “help” in Google Trends website). Google trends show available data since 2004. A timeline was set in the bottom of the figure, highlighting some hallmarks of mimivirus and related topics.