09 Oct '17, 2pm

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

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

Eight percent of the human genome is made up of ancient viruses and scientists are still trying to puzzle out their function. Three scientists, led by Gkikas Magiorkinis of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens , wrote an article available online the end of September for Trends in Microbiology , delving into the mystery behind HERVs. They said, “Are they merely fossils that, like mosquitoes in amber, were stuck and preserved in large host genomes while their functions decayed?” They noted the 100-million-year-old retrovirus, first detected by another research group, “became a human gene that is expressed in embryos and cancers , and can be detected in the blood of pregnant women.”

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/researchers-detect-100-million-year-...

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