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Researchers detect 100-million-year-old virus in pregnant women's blood

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Oct 10, 2017 01:04 AM
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by (Lacy Cooke) last modified Oct 09, 2017

Your genome contains ancient viruses. It's a startling thought, and researchers detected a 100-million-year-old virus - that would have infected our ancestors when dinosaurs roamed the Earth - in the blood of pregnant women. This virus is a human endogenous retrovirus (HERV) - and although it doesn't act like a virus any longer, having been subsumed in the human genome, scientists are still trying to figure out how they might impact us. Eight percent of the human genome is made up of ancient...





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