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It was already known that genes inherited from ancient retroviruses are essential to the formation of the placenta in mammals. Now it appears that genes with retrovirus origins may also be responsible for the more developed muscle mass seen in … Continue reading
I spent more than 10 years working on HTLV, the first human retrovirus to be discovered, but it was a long time ago (propably before most of the people reading this now were born :-) It’s good to get an … Continue reading
Weiss, R. (2015) What’s the host and what’s the microbe? The Marjory Stephenson Prize Lecture 2015. Journal of General Virology, 03 July, 2015 doi: 10.1099/jgv.0.000220 The interchange between retroviruses and their hosts is an intimate one because retroviruses integrate proviral … Continue reading
It’s frustrating that nearly 50 years after their discovery, the steps from cytoplasmic entry until integration of the reverse transcribed genome are still mysterious. Continue reading
Do retroviruses cause breast cancer? Continue reading
Earlier today I needed to look something up. You know, in a real book, not Wikipedia. Continue reading
The deep history of retroviruses is still obscure. Retroviruses can leave integrated copies within their hosts’ genomes, providing a fossil record for studying their long-term evolution. Endogenous forms of foamy viruses, complex retroviruses known to infect only mammalian species, appear … Continue reading
Although studies have so far failed to find an infectious agent, the evidence is now pretty clear that “professional exposure to goats” increases the risk of lung cancer. Professional Exposure to Goats Increases the Risk of Pneumonic-Type Lung Adenocarcinoma: … Continue reading