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Curr Biol. 2001 Nov 13;11(22):R914-6.

Endogenous retroviruses: still active after all these years?

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  • National Institute for Medical Research, The Ridgeway, Mill Hill, London NW7 1AA, UK. jstoye@nimr.mrc.ac.uk


Embedded in the genomes of all vertebrates are the proviral remnants of previous retroviral infections. Although the overwhelming majority has suffered inactivating mutations, current research suggests that members of one family of human retroelements may still be capable of movement.

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