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An ancient virus has been found in human DNA — and it may still be active

This ancient retrovirus is a kind of living fossil, and the discovery of an intact copy of it within the human genome poses questions as to how it has survived, and suggests others from the distant evolutionary past may lie dormant in the DNA of many species.<p>A retrovirus replicates by inserting its …

Biology

Eight Percent of Our DNA is Non-Human

We have around 8% alien DNA and by this, we mean it is viral fragments that are not human. This also applies to other things on earth that are …

How a one night stand in the Ice Age affects us all today

Over the past half decade, ancient DNA research has revealed some surprising aspects to our evolutionary history during the past 50,000 years.<p>Perhaps …

Ice Age

DNA At the Fringes: Twins, Chimerism, and Synthetic DNA

DNA tests are thought to be conclusive proof—of crime, of family relation—but in some cases, our genetic material acts in mysterious ways.<p>Plenty of …