Unleashing Your Inner Virus

By Carl Zimmer | November 7, 2006 9:31 am

A while back I blogged about the tens of thousands of viruses we carry in our genomes. In today’s New York Times I write about how scientists reconstructed a working ancestral virus from its disabled descendants: Old Viruses Resurrected Through DNA.

Here’s the original paper.

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  1. Check out Mother’s Littlest Helper by Jessica Ruvinsky on p16 of the Dec. 2006 Discover. According to the story an endogenous retrovirus is responsible for a protein that regulates mammalian placentas during pregnancy. When a gene in the endogenous retrovirus enJSRV was blocked in sheep pregnancies tended to end in miscarriage. enJSRV is similar to the primate endogeous retrovirus HERV-W.

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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.

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