Old Viruses Resurrected Through DNA

Posted on November 12, 2006  Comments (4)

Old Viruses Resurrected Through DNA by Carl Zimmer:

About 100,000 segments of human DNA are remarkably similar to retroviruses, a class of viruses that includes HIV. Retroviruses insert a copy of their genes into the genome of their host cell. Scientists estimate that 8 percent of the human genome is made up of this viral DNA, known as human endogenous retroviruses, or HERVs.

4 Responses to “Old Viruses Resurrected Through DNA”

  1. Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog » New Understanding of Human DNA
    November 23rd, 2006 @ 9:24 am

    “The discovery has astonished scientists studying the human genome – the genetic recipe of man. Until now it was believed the variation between people was due largely to differences in the sequences of the individual ‘letters’ of the genome.
    It now appears much of the variation is explained instead by people having multiple copies of some key genes that make up the human genome”….

  2. CuriousCat: One Species' Genome Discovered Inside Another's
    August 30th, 2007 @ 11:19 pm

    Scientists at the University of Rochester and the J. Craig Venter Institute have discovered a copy of the genome of a bacterial parasite residing inside the genome of its host species…

  3. Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog » Amazing Science: Retroviruses
    November 28th, 2007 @ 8:18 pm

    One of the great things about writing this blog is I find myself more focused on reading about interesting science. Retroviruses are very interesting and frankly amazing….

  4. Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog » Parasite Rex
    August 5th, 2008 @ 9:51 am

    One of the most enjoyable aspects of writing this blog is that I have focused much more on cool things I read. And over time the amazing things I posted about related to these topics made me realize I should put some focused effort to reading more on these topics…

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