A 67% sensitivity? Homologous with murine leukemia virus? What percent and across what genes of the entire alleged genome?\n\nI hope for light in virology because to me this is another in the road wrong taken and still being followed to its deadend, with Nobel nod.\n\nThey found a highly conserved region in a yet to be defined section of split genes (introns and exons).\n\nThey know a lot about the conserved structural coding region, but not much about the highly mobile, recombinant regulatory stuff. So, they follow highy conserved regions and everytime they find a split gene section, it's a virus.\n\nNever mind about all those retroelements, HERVS,LTRs,LINES,SINES,ALU's and the rest, they're just junk. The fact that they are regulatory is dismissed even though they comprise 75% - 95% of the human genome against the structural region's 2%.\n\nThen the next step will be nuke the highly conserved region along with all the regulatory stuff and bring a new antiretroviral chemo to AIDS and cancer patients - and its never the chemo that kills them it's the virus. When someone dies send in the virologists, not toxicologists!\n\nI would really like to read the definition of virus in virology. When ENCODE came out one conclusion was that the word "gene" had to be redefined. There's been some suggestions but no agreement.\n\nIt seems that the only characteristic needed to be "virus" is the ability to replicate itself. Infectious, the other defining characteristic, is merely inferred on basis of circuituous argument: look how many people have this marker, it must be infectious. - Anita allen, Ekurhuleni, South Africa.