If anyone is interested, the first topic I chose to research this quarter was the origin of viruses. Apparently, there are a bunch of different hypotheses on how exactly they came about. If anyone is interested, this post on nature.com is really thorough and insightful. The various hypotheses are summarized quite well. Also, he uses over ten citations that lead to great papers on the subject.
One especially interesting paper that was listed as a citation is one that argues that the eukaryote nucleus came from a DNA virus!
If anyone is interested in discussing the nature.com article or any of the cited papers, or if you find some other interesting papers about viruses, be sure to let me know!