Hey! We're eight percent virus!

by Anonymous on Jan. 07th, 2010

No, I'm not talking about the lousy cold you have, or the H1N1 flu (for which I just got a vaccine), or the seasonal flu. I'm talking about how researchers in Japan and at the University of Texas at Arlington have discovered that eight percent of the genetic make-up of humans and other mammals comes from an outside virus and not from our ancestors. After infecting a body, the viral DNA inserts itself into the body's cell nuclei (endogenization), and some of its genetic material is subsequently passed along to the host's offspring. The scientists plan to investigate whether such infections by bornavirus genes are the cause of some human psychological afflictions such as schizophrenia. The research appeared in the science journal Nature.

University of Texas - Arlington press release
More in the journal Nature

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Brendan N's picture
Brendan N says:

And they say were part star dust too......

posted on Sat, 01/23/2010 - 4:08pm
Brendan N's picture
Brendan N says:

Wow. They were part stardust too? Weird...

posted on Sat, 01/23/2010 - 4:11pm
bella451001's picture

thats the reason viruuses like to infect animals usually:)

posted on Wed, 04/28/2010 - 5:03am

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