this one will go viral

Here’s a fun, old-school (or, actually quite new) molecular biology fact – the proportion of our genome comprised of Endogenous Retroviruses (8%) is larger than the proportion which encodes proteins. When you start to think about it, it’s nuts, but it is a scientific fact (assuming the identification of ERVs is correct; I haven’t looked into it for a while).

I knew ERVs were important, but didn’t realise quite how much so… Most interesting for me are the cases where ERVs are known to have positive effects; I’d like to look into this more. More on that later, perhaps.


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