Monday, January 11, 2010

8% of Human DNA Comes from a 40 Million Year-Old Virus

About eight percent of human genetic material comes from a virus and not from our ancestors, according to researchers in Japan and the U.S.

In his article, Feschotte speculates about the role of such viral insertions in causing mutations with evolutionary and medical consequences.

The research showed that the genomes of humans and other mammals contain DNA derived from the insertion of bornaviruses, RNA viruses whose replication and transcription takes place in the nucleus.

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Via: Science Daily

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